Article

Perspective by incongruity in the performance of dialectical ironic analysis: a disciplined approach

Citation

Watson C (2020) Perspective by incongruity in the performance of dialectical ironic analysis: a disciplined approach. Qualitative Research, 20 (1), pp. 91-107. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794119830073

Abstract
The importance of dialectic to sociological thought has been recognised by many of the discipline’s most eminent thinkers. Adopting a dialectical world view infused with irony provokes insights revealing logical contradictions, so opening up possibilities for the development of alternative interpretations of the social world. There is, however, very little in the way of method to support the development of dialectical irony as a key analytical tool for the social sciences. This paper seeks to remedy this deficit. Drawing on three key examples (trained incapacity, functional stupidity and interpassivity) the paper examines Kenneth Burke’s ‘perspective by incongruity’ as a means for interrogating the dialectical moment, so contributing towards the development of dialectical ironic analysis within a methodology of humour.

Keywords
Comic frame; functional stupidity; interpassivity; methodology of humour; planned incongruity; sociological imagination; trained incapacity

Journal
Qualitative Research: Volume 20, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date29/02/2020
Publication date online19/02/2019
Date accepted by journal17/01/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28533
ISSN1468-7941
eISSN1741-3109