Qualitative Book Award in Spanish or Portuguese

Biannual Book in Spanish or Portuguese ICQI Award 2016


During ICQI16 Assembly the 21st of May, 2016, in Urbana, Illinois, US. The International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry will present the 2016 award to:

Amado, J. (2016) Manual de Investigação Qualitativa em Educação. Coimbra, Portugal: Universidade de Coimbra.

Since it represents the best contribution to Qualitative Inquiry in Spanish or Portugese.

The Committee identified in Investigação Qualitativa em Educação the following virtues. First, the innovative writing in which the book was written: the book design and each chapter contents is supported by a rich teaching and research experience and written by the main author. From this base, different QI teaching and research experts contributed with each book chapter working in a dialogic way. Second, the clarity in which you approached complex contents, critically choosing and presenting authors, schools, and streams of thought making of the book a constant provocation to reflection for students and qualitative researchers. Third, the book was conceived and designed from the urgent necessity to make of each educator a qualitative researcher; many social scientists will want to read Investigação Qualitativa em Educação and share it with students and colleagues. Finally, the epistemological reflection included, makes of this book much more than a handbook, constituting a necessary work for Iberoamerican Qualitative Inquiry. Congratulations!

Due to the high quality and important books for the Spanish and Portuguese speaking QI community, submitted for the 2016 Award, the selection Committee decided to present six Honourable Mentions. The Honourable Mention is a colleague’s recognition within an expanding Qualitative Inquiry Community where each of us does different things in different ways, sharing common purposes. We hope this mention will help the authors to impulse QI of high quality in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking QI community.

Aguirre-Armendariz, E. y Gil-Juarez, A. (2015) Cuando contar la tesis es hacer LA tesis: investigacion y escritura autoetnografica. [When telling the thesis is doing THE thesis: authoetnographic research and writing]. Mexico: Centro Latinoamericano de Pensamiento Critico.

A daring and suggestive proposal, with a pleasing and attractive narrative presented in a way that puts at stake, with the risks involved, a rather shaking editorial freedom capable of inciting in the audience unexpected reactions. No doubt, many of the readers who had confronted the complex and laborious creation of a thesis work will see themselves reflected in the multifarious episodes presented in Cuando contar la tesis es hacer la tesis. The readers will also find in this book valuable analytic reflections helpful for the understanding of different moments in the transcendental process of becoming a scholar.


Bénard, S. (2015) Atrapada en provincia. Un ejercicio autoetnografico de imaginacion sociologica. [Trapped in province. An autoethnographic exercise of sociologic imagination]. Mexico: Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes.

The author achieves superb communication with the reader; once you open Atrapada en provincia you feel compelled to continue reading the narrative straight to the end. As Bénard unfolds her personal experiences along decades of her life, she communicates in a pleasant and, at the time, analytic way, many of the vicissitudes someone of the same gender, age, and social group as her, has to confront in the constitution of her own personal and professional identity as woman, partner, mother, and scholar, moving in different geographical and institutional environments. Throughout her narrative she let the reader envisage many ethical dilemmas emerging from autoethnographical studies that the researcher must confront.


Calderón, I. (2014) Educacion y esperanza en las fronteras de la discapacidad. Estudio de caso unico sobre la construccion creativa de la identidad. [Education and hope in discapacity’s borders. Case study about the creative construction of identity]. Madrid: CERMI.

The case study action-research methodological approach is successfully presented by the author, achieving the goal of disclosing the social oppression upon people with Down syndrome, materialized in the researcher’s brother, Rafael. The process and understanding emerging from the research opens way to confront Rafael’s social constructed stigma and obstacles to become himself.   The careful embroidering of the ‘case’ helps the reader sense the suffering, pain, joy, care, love, or hope as Rafael’s musician identity unfolds while the researcher and Rafael’s lives touch each other. These make of Educacion y esperanza en las fronteras de la discapacidad a necessary book in the equity and education qualitative research library.


Hernandez-Ibarra, E. y Mercado-Martinez, FJ. (2016) Cronica de la enfermedad renal: Voces que viven y escuchan el padecimiento [Kidney disease Chronicle: voices that live and listen to suffering]. Mexico: Universidad de Guadalajara.

This collection of voices coming from inside and outside the academic field, gathers a rich myriad of narratives. Few academic works dare attempting what this book does: the inclusion on the one hand of qualitative health researchers’ expert analysis, and on the other the direct testimonies of lay people (in this case, people with chronic kidney deficiency). From the last, we learn how they live their disease onset and development, their quest searching for healing, and their confrontation with the not always positive diagnosis results. The reader engages with vivid emotions embedded in lay writers’ narratives presented at the beginning of the book, inviting him or her to continue studying the problem in the sometimes arid and harder to read following sections. Cronica de la enfermedad renal is rich in scopes showing the importance of considering ample perspectives of all people participating in transcendental-to-life woven threads.


Pedraz, A.; Zarco, J.; Ramasco, M. y Palmar, AM. (2014) Investigación Cualitativa. España: Elsevier.

In the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world, there is a big gap in QI literature to train new researchers that are also newcomers to the idea of QI. Good, clear texts to fill this gap are a big contribution to Spanish and Portuguese QI quality. In this context, Investigación Cualitativa is an essential book for Qualitative Inquiry newcomers particularly to learn and reflect about QI logics and to help to take decisions about how to select or engage –or not engage- in QI high quality and ethical research. A helpful aid to bachelor and postgraduate students written by a multidisciplinary group of experienced researchers and teachers.


Sevilla, M.; Ochoa, S.; Santamaria-Delgado, C.; Cataño, C. (2014) Travesias por La Tierra del Olvido: Modernidad y colombianidad en la musica de Carlos Vives y La Provincia [Journeys through The Land of Oblivion. Modernity and Colombianity in Carlos Vives and The Province music]. Bogotá: Editorial Javeriana.

The authors chose to part from the search of erudition and leave way to questions about identity, modernity, and cultural production–collective memory relationships, through a deep, thick insight into the work of Carlos Vives y La Provincia. The exhaustive, far-reaching, meticulous, multifarious, and enjoyable way in which the author’s collected the information, from what they had as Carlos Vives y La Provincia’s fans, to pub conversation, media information, concert attendance, Skype interviews, or other, are exceptional and enlightening. The authors compel in the audience the necessity to listen at this groups’ music while reading the book. The ‘eight handed’ research and writing present in Travesías por La Tierra del Olvido brings about a true transdisciplinary text where sociology, musicology, and education merge to produce an engaging “vallenato” with Colombian rhythm and flavor.


Congratulations to the authors and many thanks to everyone for participating in this award. We invite all the Spanish and Portuguese QI community to submit book proposals for the 2018 Award.


Call for Nominations

This award will be conferred every two years to a member of the qualitative and ethnographic community who has published the Spanish or Portuguese-language book that best represents an important contribution to qualitative inquiry.
Eligible books should have been already published during the years 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016. Should not be re-editions, collections, monographs, translations, or anthologies. If the book is a handbook or textbook, will only be considered when contents show original aspects of qualitative methods and the presentation achieves innovation, creative writing, critical pedagogic advances, and didactic efficiency. They should be single or co-authored for the whole book that is, all the authors of all single chapters should be main authors progressively building upon a particular topic. The book will focus on the use and advance of qualitative methods to investigate any topic or aspect
of qualitative inquiry.

Applications for the award will be judged by criteria that signify a major contribution to the study and practice of qualitative approaches. Such criteria may include success in experimenting with new and traditional writing forms, inclusion of critical reflections on the writing and research process, contributions to living meaningful lives, and insights into creating a socially just world.

Only for the Spanish or Portuguese Qualitative Book Award, we will consider nominations of books published between 2013 and 2016.

The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in May 2016.

Submission process begins when the author sends a postulation letter describing the book and arguments about the how the book contributes to QI in the context of this call of nominations. The Committee will make a first selection out of the nomination letters and will contact the selected authors. Authors are then expected to arrange for three (3) original copies of the published book to be mailed to the judges’ panel, to proceed with the review process ONLY if the Award Committee directly requires the copies from the authors. These copies WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO POSTULANT AUTHORS.

Deadline for sending nominating PDF letters by electronic mail is January 15th, 2016. Send PDF NOMINATING LETTERS describing the book and its contributions to qualitative inquiry with the legend “2016ICQIAward Postulation Letter” by e-mail to:

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana ­ Xochimilco
Departamento de Atención a la Salud
EMail: conich@correo.xoc.uam.mx 



Llamado a postulaciones

Este premio se otorga cada dos años a un integrante de la comunidad cualitativa o etnográfica que haya publicado el libro en español o portugués que represente la mejor y más importante contribución a los estudios cualitativos.

Para ser candidato al premio, los libros tendrán que haber sido publicados en los  años 2013, 2014, 2015 o 2016. NO serán  reimpresiones, reediciones, colecciones, monografías, traducciones o antologías. En el caso de que el libro sea un manual o libro de texto, solamente será considerado si su contenido muestra aspectos originales de la metodología cualitativa y si la presentación logra innovación, escritura creativa, avance pedagógico crítico y eficiencia didáctica. El libro en su totalidad tendrá uno o varios autores, es decir, todos los autores de todos los capítulos serán co-autores principales que elaboran o aportan de manera progresiva a una idea común. La obra se enfocará en la utilización y avance de los métodos cualitativos para estudiar cualquier asunto o aspecto de los estudios cualitativos.

Los libros postulados serán dictaminados mediante el criterio de ‘significar una contribución mayor al estudio y práctica de acercamientos cualitativos para el entendimiento de la realidad’. Estos criterios pueden incluir aportes experimentales con formas de escritura nueva o tradicional; inclusión de reflexiones críticas en el proceso de escritura e investigación; contribuciones a la vida, de vidas llenas de significado; y adentramientos en la producción de un mundo de justicia social.

La consideración para el premio de libros publicados entre el año de 2013 y el de 2016 será exclusiva para libros escritos en español o portugués.

El premio se otorgará durante la reunión anual del Congreso Internacional de Investigación Cualitativa en Mayo de 2016.

El proceso de revisión inicia con el envío de una carta de postulación que describa el libro y exponga los argumentos que sustenten las contribuciones de la obra en el sentido de esta convocatoria. El Comité hará una primera selección a partir de esas cartas de postulación y se pondrá en contacto con los autores seleccionados para que envíen tres copias originales de los libros publicados (una para cada juez del Comité Internacional) y continuar con la revisión de los libros. Los postulantes harán los arreglos necesarios para enviar por correo las tres copias de la publicación al Comité de jurados que seleccionarán el libro premiado, SOLAMENTE SI EL COMITÉ SE LOS SOLICITA. Esas copias NO SE REGRESARÁN a los postulantes.

La fecha límite de RECEPCIÓN de cartas de postulación en PDF por correo electrónico, es 15 de enero de 2016. Envíe su carta de postulación describiendo el libro y sus contribuciones  a la metodología cualitativa  con la leyenda “2016ICQIAward postulation letter” a E-Mail:

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochimilco
Departamento de Atención a la Salud
EMail: conich@correo.xoc.uam.mx




Maria do Mar Pereira

‘Fazendo Género no Recreio. A negociaçao do género em espaço escolar (Making Gender at playtime. Negotiating gender in school space.) Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2012.



Fernando Peñaranda Correa et al.(2011)

Educación para la salud: una mirada alternativa al modelo biomédico. La praxis como fundamento de una educación dialógica. Medellín, Colombia: La Carreta Editores.