Qualitative Studies 2021-06-09T07:40:23+02:00 Charlotte Wegener Open Journal Systems <p>QS is an interdisciplinary journal that focusses on qualitative methods and their application within the social sciences. We welcome experimental and unorthodox manuscripts pertaining to the thems of each issue of the journal.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Editorial: Rhythms 2021-06-09T06:32:28+02:00 Charlotte Wegener 2021-06-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Qualitative Studies Phenomenology of Rhythm: The Role of Rhythm in Written Language 2021-06-09T06:42:04+02:00 Casper Feilberg John Maul <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Based on existential-phenomenological perspectives from Merleau-Ponty and Løgstrup, we examine the significance of rhythm for written language skills. Rhythm is both omnipresent and a difficult phenomenon</p> <p>to explore. Methodologically, the article presents phenomenological descriptions and exemplifications, not least a case study of a secondary school student with written language difficulties. Our intention is to illuminate connections between rhythmic perspectives in movement, speech, working memory and language as prerequisites for the acquisition of written language skills. We conclude that rhythm is an essential aspect of our bodily being, and based on the work of Merleau-Ponty, we are able to bring to light relationships between body, rhythm, and written language skills in ways that would not be possible from a natural scientific point of view. Inspired by Merleau-Ponty's analytical approach and the hermeneutic phenomenology of Ricoeur, we will combine an understanding perspective with both human scientific and natural scientific explanations, into a holistic interpretation. The article thus draws empirically on qualitative descriptions of rhythmic phenomena, and theoretically on perspectives from philosophy of language, developmental psychology and neuropsychology, but they are all interpreted in the light of existential-phenomenological ontology.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2021-06-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Qualitative Studies The Pitch as Meaning-directing Activity: Implications for Students and Education When Fast Pace and a Striving for Novelty Set the Scene 2021-06-09T07:00:27+02:00 Nicolai Nybye <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The elevator pitch is part of a global tendency toward homogenization of entrepreneurial content in educational&nbsp;programs (Fletcher, 2018), and this article shows how the pitch is naturalized as a new language because it must be decoded in order to pass an innovation course for health students at a Danish University College. A core communicative component of the pitch is speed. Using pragmatism, the article shows how the pitch guides the meaning making of students and how the compressed time element reduces the space for reflection. Thus, the educational rhythm is set by values from the pitch and innovation. Further, the article problematizes how the pitching situation separates the pitched end product both from reflections on possible consequences of new solutions and from the dynamic forces that actually created the pitch.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2021-06-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Qualitative Studies Rhythm Politics in a Changing Brazil: A Study of the Musical Mobilization of Voters by Bolsonaro and Haddad in the 2018 Election 2021-06-09T07:11:11+02:00 Kjetil Klette Bøhler <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This article investigates the role of music in presidential election campaigns and political movements inspired&nbsp;by theoretical arguments in Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis, John Dewey ́s pragmatist rethinking of aesthetics and existing scholarship on the politics of music. Specifically, it explores how musical rhythms and melodies enable new forms of political awareness, participation, and critique in an increasingly polarized Brazil through an ethnomusicological exploration of how left-wing and right-wing movements used music to disseminate politics during the 2018 election that culminated in the presidency of Jair Messias Bolsonaro. Three lessons can be learned. First, in Brazil, music breathes life, energy, and affective engagement into politics—sung arguments and joyful rhythms enrich public events and street demonstrations in complex and dynamic ways. Second, music is used by right-wing and left-wing movements in unique ways. For Bolsonaro supporters and right-wing movements, jingles, produced as part of larger election campaigns, were disseminated through massive sound cars in the heart of São Paulo while demonstrators sang the national anthem and waved Brazilian flags. In contrast, leftist musical politics appears to be more spontaneous and bohemian. Third, music has the ability to both humanize and popularize bolsonarismo movements that threaten human rights and the rights of ethnic minorities, among others, in contemporary Brazil. To contest bolsonarismo, Trumpism, and other forms of extreme right-wing populism, we cannot close our ears and listen only to grooves of resistance and songs of freedom performed by leftists. We must also listen to the music of the right.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2021-06-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Qualitative Studies Experiencing Change: Rhythms of Everyday Life Between Continuities and Disruptions 2021-06-09T07:26:30+02:00 Sarah H. Awad <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Change is a constant condition of everyday life that we experience and transition through while often maintaining a sense of stability and continuity. But inevitably we come across disruptive changes that call into&nbsp;question the meanings we take for granted and thereby rupture life as we know it. How do those changes affect our rhythms of living? How do we make meaning of the changes and subsequently act upon them? How do individual, social, and environmental changes reciprocally influence one another? These are the guiding questions of this paper. The questions are explored by means of a sociocultural psychological approach to ruptures in the life-course coupled with Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis. It is argued that those questions can be investigated within five interrelated analytical domains; time, space, the body, social others, and symbolic resources. Rather than primarily emphasizing adaptation to change, the analytical framework’s key focus is meaning-making, looking at how we integrate or resist new rhythms in our lives.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2021-06-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Qualitative Studies