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Realist Approach for Qualitative Research

by Joseph Maxwell SAGE Publications, Inc
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Are cultural and material phenomena equally real? How can one study the relationships between cultural constructions, social behaviour and material conditions and draw a valid conclusion from the data? In contrast to interpretive or constructivist positions, realism supports the insights of critical theory in social and educational research regarding the relationships between actors' perspectives and their actual situations, while avoiding the epistemological objectivism associated with positivism and some forms of post-positivist empiricism. This book will explain how readers can use realism to conceptualise and conduct their qualitative study to get results with greater validity.

Preface: The Value of Realism for Qualitative Research
About the Author
Part I: A Realist Stance for Qualitative Research
Chapter 1: What Is Realism, and Why Should Qualitative Researchers Care?
Chapter 2: Meaning and Culture Are Real
Chapter 3: Causation Is Real
Chapter 4: Diversity Is Real
Part II: Realism and Qualitative Methods
Chapter 5: The Realities of Research Design
Chapter 6: Research Relationships and Data Collection
Chapter 7: Real and Virtual Relationships in Qualitative Data Analysis (with Barbara Miller)
Chapter 8: Understanding, Validity, and Evidence
Part III: Applications of Realism in Qualitative Research
Chapter 9: Explaining Plains Indian Social Organization
Chapter 10: Meaning and Diversity in Inuit Kinship and Culture
Author Index
Subject Index

Joseph A. Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, where he teaches courses on research design and methods. He is the author of Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (Sage, 1996), as well as papers on qualitative methodology, mixed method research, socio-cultural theory, and medical education. He has also worked extensively in applied settings. He has given seminars and workshops on teaching qualitative research methods and on using qualitative methods in various applied fields, and has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Europe, and China. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.