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Qualitative Research Practice: Concise Paperback Edition

by Clive Seale, Giampietro Gobo, Jaber F Gubrium and David Silverman SAGE Publications Ltd
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Learning to do good qualitative research occurs most fortuitously by seeing what researchers actually do in particular projects and by incorporating their procedures and strategies into one's own research practice. This is one of the most powerful and pragmatic ways of bringing to bear the range of qualitative methodological perspectives available. The chapters in this important new volume are written by leading, internationally distinguished qualitative researchers who recount and reflect on their own research experiences as well as others, past and present, from whom they have learned. It demonstrates the benefits of using particular methods from the viewpoint of real-life experience.

From the outside, good research seems to be produced through practitioners learning and following standard theoretical, empirical and procedural formats. But from the inside we learn that qualitative research (like other forms of scientific endeavour) is also a biographical engagement, rendering its scholarly and practical contributions in its own terms. Standards take on practical meaning as the distinct activities of qualitative research resonate throughout the enterprise, complicating its accountability to itself and to others. In an authoritative yet accessible manner, Qualitative Research Practice reveals the special features of this engagement, teaching us that qualitative research is as much a craft and practice as it is a way of knowing.

Presenting a comprehensive examination of contemporary and traditional varieties of qualitative research practice, Qualitative Research Practice will be an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in any discipline. It is an essential and definitive guide to the major forms of qualitative methods in use today, written by leaders in the relevant fields of research practice.

Introduction - Clive Seale et al Inside Qualitative Research PART ONE: ENCOUNTERING METHOD Interviews - Tim Rapley Oral History - Joanna Bornat Biographical Research - Gabriele Rosenthal Focus Groups - Phil Macnaghten and Greg Myers Grounded Theory - Ian Dey Performance and Rehearsal - Paul Atkinson The Ethnographer at the Opera PART TWO: ANALYTIC FRAMEWORKS Narrative Research - Molly Andrews et al Feminist Approaches - Celia Kitzinger The Foucaultian Framework - Gavin Kendall and Gary Wickham Ethnomethodology - Paul ten Have Conversation Analysis - Anssi Perakyla Discourse Analytic Practice - Alexa Hepburn and Jonathan Potter Critical Discourse Analysis - Ruth Wodak PART THREE: FIELD RELATIONS Ethnography and Participant Observation - Sara Delamont Ethical Issues - Anne Ryen Working in Hostile Environments - Nigel Fielding Politics, Research and Understanding - Les Back Collaborative and Team Research - Linda S Mitteness and Judith C Barker PART FOUR: CONTEXT AND METHOD Context - James Holstein and Jaber Gubrium Working it Up, Down and Across Working Qualitatively and Quantitatively - Julia Brannen Secondary Analysis of Archived Data - Louise Corti and Paul Thompson Reanalysis of Previously Collected Material - Malin Akerstrom, Katarina Jacobsson and David Wasterfors The Internet as Research Context - Annette Markham Documents - Lindsay Prior Visual Methods - Sarah Pink PART FIVE: QUALITY AND CREDIBILITY Quality in Qualitative Research - Clive Seale Five Misunderstandings about Case Study Research - Bent Flyvbjerg Sampling, Representativeness and Generalizability - Giampietro Gobo Working with 'Key Incidents' - Bob Emerson Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis - Udo Kelle PART SIX: AUDIENCES AND APPLICATIONS Preparing and Evaluating Qualitative Research Proposals - Janice Morse Qualitative Market Research - Gill Ereaut Qualitative Evaluation Research - Moira Kelly Action Research - Donna Ladkin Teaching Qualitative Method - Martyn Hammersley Writing a Social Science Monograph - Barbara Czarniawska Publishing Qualitative Manuscripts - Donileen Loseke and Spencer Cahill PART SEVEN: THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT The Globalization of Qualitative Research - Pertti Alasuutari

'This book is jam-packed with a wide range of material related to qualitative researcha¦. his is a quality text and has much to offer the reader, especially the novice researcher' - Nurse Researcher
Jaber F. Gubrium was appointed Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Missouri in 2002. He previously has taught at Marquette University and the University of Florida, was a Fulbright scholar at Tampere University, Finland, in 1996, and h