A Case for Critical Realism in Quest of Interdisciplinarity in Research with International Students
Keywords:Interdisciplinarity, Intersectional identities, International students, Critical realism
In response to a lack of theoretical engagement and interdisciplinarity in research with international students, this paper explores the affordances of critical realism and the critical realist theory of interdisciplinarity to the field. In so doing, I purport to offer the field an alternative philosophical paradigm and a theoretical blueprint that enables metatheoretical unity and theoretical pluralism to engage interdisciplinarity.
Alvesson, M., & Skoldberg, K. (2009). Reflexive methodology: New vistas for qualitative research (2nd ed.). Sage.
Archer, M., Decoteau, C., Gorski, P., Little, D., Porpora, D., Rutzou, T., Smith, C., Steinmetz, G., & Vandenberghe, F. (2016). What is Critical Realism? Perspectives: ASA Theory, 38(2), 4–9. http://www.asatheory.org/current-newsletter-online/what-is-critical-realism
Bhaskar, R. (1998). The possibility of naturalism: A philosophical critique of the contemporary human sciences (3rd ed.). Routledge. (Original copy published 1979)
Bhaskar, R., Danermark, B., & Price, L. (2018). Interdisciplinarity and wellbeing: A critical realist general theory of interdisciplinarity. Routledge. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315177298
Bourdieu, P. (1987). What makes a social class? On the theoretical and practical existence of groups. Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 32, 1–17. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41035356
Cho, S., Crenshaw, K. W., & McCall, L. (2013). Toward a field of intersectionality studies: Theory, applications, and praxis. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 38, 785–810. https://doi.org/10.1086/669608 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/669608
Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 139–167.
Fairclough, N. (2012). Critical discourse analysis. In Gee, J. P., & Handford, M. (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of discourse analysis (pp. 9-20). Routledge.
Giddens, A. (1984). The Constitution of Society. University of California Press.
Heng, T. T. (2020). Examining the role of theory in qualitative research: A literature review of studies on Chinese international students in higher education. Journal of International Students, 10(4). https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10i4.1571 DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10i4.1571
Kemp, S. (2005). Critical realism and the limits of philosophy. European Journal of Social Theory, 8(2), 171–191. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368431005051762
Klein, J. T. (2010). The taxonomy of interdisciplinarity. In R. Frodeman, J. T. Klein, & C. J. Mitcham (Eds.), Oxford handbook of interdisciplinarity (pp. 15–30). Oxford University Press.
Lou, Y. (in press). The cross-cultural experiences of international secondary students
in Anglophone countries—A hermeneutic literature review and conceptual framework. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.
Price, L. & Martin, L. (2018). Introduction to the special issue: applied critical realism in the social sciences. Journal of Critical Realism, 17(2), 89–96. https://doi.org/10.1080/14767430.2018.1468148 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14767430.2018.1468148
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of International Students
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
All published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.