The Six Voices of Logue in Qualitative Inquiry: Prologue, Monologue, Dialogue, Polylogue, Metalogue, and Epilogue

James A. Bernauer 1 *

AM J QUALITATIVE RES, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp. 33-50

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This article discusses six types of “voices’ noted in the title that we encounter during our lives whether pre-pandemic, pandemic, or post-pandemic as we pursue the exhilarating quest to learn about ourselves and our world. The purpose of this article is to position and contextualize our current experience living in a world that continues to try and outsmart the mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the context of these six “logues” and how we might incorporate these new understandings into qualitative inquiry. An additional contextual component is the iPhone (and its variants) that also has had a dramatic impact on our lives but in a very different way. It is hoped that readers will critically evaluate this article since it represents the author’s perspective, perceptions, and understanding of why these voices are important in qualitative inquiry and how they interact with memories and the stories that surround them. The extent to which readers utilize these six logues in their own qualitative thinking and inquiries will be the measure of its transferability and usefulness.

Keywords: prologue, monologue, dialogue, polylogue, metalogue, epilogue, iPhone, pandemic, Star Trek, metamemories.