When I took up my editorship of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (DCQR), which was up until my selection published under the title Qualitative Communication Research, University of California Press asked me to explore the possibility of expanding the scope of the journal and rebranding and redefining the aims of the publication. Thus, DCQR was conceived and launched. The new aim of the journal was to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to consider, contest, and creatively reimagine the form, purpose, and mission of their work. The journal sought to feature essays charting scholarly and theoretical developments in critical qualitative research, exemplars of methodological innovation, and inventive demonstrations of research as...

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