Introducing first person inquiry'Going Going' by Philip LarkinPart I - Living Life as InquiryIntegrating action research, systemic thinking and attention to issues of powerAction inquiry and action logicsPart II - Dimensions of InquiryNotions of inquiryDisciplines of inquiryInquiry in actionImages of aspiring inquiry practicePart III - Working with Ideas, Theories and Images as InquiryWorking with academic literaturesDrawing on the work of Nathalie SarrauteSelf-reflection and life narrative in the work of Kazuo IshiguroPart IV - Writing as Inquiry and as RepresentationWriting as inquiryWriting as representationSelectively adopting Freefall Writing preceptsPart V - Stories of InquiryInquiry learning groups and working with feedbackActing for sustainability Seeking to contribute to systemic change, as time slips by`Work Song' by Wendell BerryWondering what to do about an elderly relativePart VI - Ongoing InquiryWell, I won't be doing that againIn reflection
Judi Marshall is Professor Emerita at Lancaster University Management School, UK, and draws on a long history as a qualitative and action researcher.
First person action research, as Judi articulates it, helps inform better action, better research and more mindful leadership. The field of action research has been waiting for Judi's decades long crystallization of first person inquiry practices and First Person Action Research now offers a most welcome and timely read. Action researchers, who are encouraged to hold high aspirations for positive impact with stakeholders, will find a guide to staying in touch with their aspiration, and support for making it real. Judi's work helps to situate inquiry that integrates what she calls "outer and inner arcs of attention," into our everyday "living life as inquiry." First person inquiry is not for its own sake. As social scientists we may also understand that because ostensibly objective studies are increasingly questioned for their partiality, well-wrought first person action research can help clarify and refine our scientific insights. Judi offers examples of useful and occasionally artistic first person inquiry practices, helpfully brought alive with her own stories of living everyday inquiry. We are edified by inquiry practices that enrich all, both practitioners and those touched by the practice, alike. Thank you Judi! -- Hilary Bradbury This is a jewel of a book. Judi Marshall, not only provides insights into the theory and practice of first person action research she also engages in it herself. She shows how living life as inquiry is a responsibility that challenges us to think critically and act meaningfully in our world. This book is a must, not merely to read, but to internalise. -- David Coghlan Judi Marshall's enduring practice of living life as inquiry shines through this excellent volume which is at once a handbook, provocation, storybook, and confidant. A vital resource for those wishing to engage in the messiness of self-reflexive practice, Judi's text provides wise guidance through its difficulties while pointing to its possibilities for self and systems transformation. -- Dr Donna Ladkin