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Dwelling With Wildflowers: Qualitative Inquiry as Life-Living and Life-Giving

Kruger, Frans


Assistant Professor in Education


In this short piece, I reconsider qualitative inquiry based on my chance encounter with a buttonhole flower. This encounter offered me an opportunity to explore not only my relationship with vegetal life, but also how dwelling with wildflowers allows one to reconceptualize qualitative inquiry as a practice of life-living and live-giving that emerges from a logic of conviviality. Practicing qualitative inquiry as life-living and life-giving serves as a means to unmoor our practices of inquiry from the abstraction of re-presentation and the predicative logic on which this is based, and to offer instead a conceptualization of inquiry as a process of dwelling with/in the world, and in this togetherness, experience (the potential of) life.


Kruger, F. (2021). Dwelling With Wildflowers: Qualitative Inquiry as Life-Living and Life-Giving. Qualitative Inquiry, 27(6), 731-736.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 13, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 20, 2020
Publication Date Jul 1, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2022
Journal Qualitative Inquiry
Print ISSN 1077-8004
Electronic ISSN 1552-7565
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Pages 731-736
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