I am thinking of the first two moments--emergence of qualitative research and its solidification in the golden age--as the period when the egg was still whole. Hence this image:
This period makes up about the first 75 years of qualitative research. It represents the period before computer-based or digital technology use in qualitative research.
Then, in the early 70's...the eggs broke. Qualitative computing begins AND the reflexive moment, post-modernism, and a new understanding of the social justice issues in qualitative research come to light.
As we move solidly into the 21st century, I am hoping that these broken eggs are going to be cooked, meaning that qualitative research will be able to take advantage of the numerous strands of thought that divided in the last quarter century. In my talk at Bogazici University I referred to this as the Technology/Aesthetics divide in qualitative research.
I'll be talking about issues related to these concerns at the upcoming International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry.