“Criteria Against Ourselves?”

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In this exploration, I consider the dilemmas I experienced as a young qualitative researcher, particularly the ethical questions about how I write, who I implicate as I write, and how community fits into my ideas of qualitative inquiry. This account is drawn from conversations with peers and mentors, ethnographic experience, and interviews. It is an explication of how the academic capitalist discourse that surrounds higher education conflicts with the premises of qualitative inquiry. It is a call to arms for second-generation qualitative researchers to push the boundaries, expand the development, and increase the readership of our work. It calls on our academic parents to continue to protect us within the academy, but also from the academy's criteria as we attempt to enlarge our readership and influence.