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Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers 2ed

by Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis, Carol McNaughton Nicholls and Rachel Ormston SAGE Publications Ltd
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Why use qualitative methods? What kinds of questions can qualitative methods help you answer? How do you actually do rigorous and reflective qualitative research in the real world?

Written by a team of leading researchers associated with NatCen Social Research (the National Centre for Social Research) this textbook leads students and researchers through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting.

In this fully revised second edition you will find:

- A practical account of how to carry out qualitative research which recognises a range of current approaches and applications

- A brand new chapter on ethics

- A brand new chapter on observational research

- Updated advice on using software when analysing your qualitative data

- New case studies which illustrate issues you may encounter and how problems have been tackled by other researchers.

This book is an ideal guide for students, practitioners and researchers faced with the challenges of doing qualitative research in both applied and academic settings in messy real-life contexts.

The Foundations of Qualitative Research - Rachel Ormston, Liz Spencer, Matt Barnard, Dawn Snape
The Applications of Qualitative Methods to Social Research - Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston
Design Issues - Jane Lewis and Carol McNaughton Nicholls
Ethics of Qualitative Research - Stephen Webster, Jane Lewis and Ashley Brown
Designing and Selecting Samples - Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis, Gilliam Elam, Rosalind Tennant and Nilufer Rahim
Designing Fieldwork - Sue Arthur, Martin Mitchell, Jane Lewis and Carol McNaughton Nicholls
In-depth Interviews - Alice Yeo, Robin Legard, Jill Keegan, Kit Ward, Carol McNaughton Nicholls and Jane Lewis
Focus Groups - Helen Finch, Jane Lewis, and Caroline Turley
Observation - Carol McNaughton Nicholls, Lisa Mills and Mehul Kotecha
Analysis: Principles and Processes - Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, Rachel Ormston, William O'Connor and Matt Barnard
Traditions and approaches
Analysis in practice - Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, William O'Connor, Gareth Morrell and Rachel Ormston
Writing up qualitative Research - Clarissa White, Kandy Woodfield, Jane Ritchie and Rachel Ormston

An excellent primer for anyone who is new to qualitative research, and also a very useful reference book for people with more experience.
Jane Ritchie National Centre for Social Research, London

Jane Lewis National Centre for Social Research, London

Carol is a Research Director in the Health and Wellbeing Teamand joined NatCen in 2008. Carol has over ten years experience of qualitativeresearch with 'hard to reach' and stigmatized populations, and has heldresearch posts at the University of Edinburgh, University College London andthe University of York. Her book 'Transitions through Homelessness' waspublished in 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan. This research theorized the risknegotiation strategies of people experiencing homelessness, using a qualitativelongitudinal methodology. Since joining NatCen Carol has developedmethodological interests in participatory approaches and online qualitativeresearch with a particular focus on research with young people. Carol hasmanaged studies for among others, the Home Office, the Government EqualitiesOffice, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. Carol has a MA inSociology, an MSc in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh and a PhDin Sociology and Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow.

Rachel Ormston Scottish Centre for Social Research