Constructing knowledge for the future: Exploring alternative modes of inquiry from a philosophical perspective

Nancy Nelson Hodges, Marilyn DeLong, Jane Hegland, Mary Thompson, Gloria Williams

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Abstract

Clothing and textiles research is examined within a futuring framework to discuss potential avenues for development of thought within the field. A philosophical perspective linking ontology, epistemology, and methodology is posited as important to exploring assumptions that guide the research process. The material culture studies perspective, the feminist social science perspective, and the critical science perspective are discussed as three potential ways of approaching the subject matter in need of mainstreaming as we look to the future of knowledge production within clothing and textiles. Based on this discussion, ideas and implications for scenario-building in the traditional futures sense are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-348
Number of pages26
JournalClothing and Textiles Research Journal
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Futuring
  • Inquiry approaches
  • Philosophical perspective

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