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A Companion to Qualitative Research

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June 2015 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The book covers such a diverse range of material and there are so many practical tips provided, that it is useful - as the title suggests - as a companion for those conducting or teaching research' - Nurse Researcher

This exciting companion provides an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the latest writing on every aspect of qualitative research.

A Companion to Qualitative Research draws on the work of an array of leading scholars from Europe, Britain and North America to present a summary of every aspect of the qualitative research process from nuts-and-bolts methods and research styles, to examinations of methodological theory and epistemology. It is one of the few surveys of qualitative research to adopt a genuinely international voice.

The Companion: includes an introduction to the field; provides examples of how key researchers, from Garfinkel to Geertz, carried out their research and examines the nature of their legacy; investigates different methodological and epistemological approaches to the act of researching; takes the classic methods available to the researcher and asks what the thinking is behind choosing to use such methods; is a how-to guide to the actual process of gathering research data in the field; introduces the reader to important practical issues such as ethics and teaching in research; and, provides the reader with practical information about methods literature, and guides the reader on how to study methods, and use databases and the Internet in qualitative research.

Easy to use, A Companion to Qualitative Research presents a concise and systematic introduction. Recent developments, such as the use of computers and the internet, and the analysis of visual materials are covered at length, as are the future challenges for qualitative research.

Essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners alike, the Companion will serve as a comprehensive textbook for any student embarking on a research methods course, and at the same will be an invaluable reference book for active researchers and practitioners.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardorff and Ines Steinke
What Is Qualitative Research
Introduction and Overview

 
 
PART TWO: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN ACTION
Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardorff and Ines Steinke
Introduction
Bruno Hildenbrand
Anselm Strauss
Herbert Willems
Erving Goffman's Research Style
J[um]org Bergmann
Harold Garfinkel and Harvey Sacks
Rolf Lindner
Paul Willis and the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies
Maya Nadig and Johannes Reichmayr
Paul Parin, Fritz Morgenthaler and Goldy Parin Matth[gr]ey
Stephan Wolff
Clifford Geertz
Yvonna Lincoln
Life in Transit
The Work of Norman K Denzin

 
Christian Fleck
Marie Jahoda
 
PART THREE: THE THEORY OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardorff and Ines Steinke
Introduction
Ronald Hitzler and Thomas Eberle
Phenomenological Life-World Analysis
J[um]org R Bergmann
Ethnomethodology
Norman K Denzin
Symbolic Interactionism
Uwe Flick
Constructivism
Hans-Georg Soeffner
Social Scientific Hermeneutics
Winfried Marotzki
Qualitative Biographical Research
Heinz Bude
Qualitative Generation Research
Anne Honer
Life-World Analysis in Ethnography
Rainer Winter
Cultural Studies
Regine Gildemeister
Gender Studies
Lutz von Rosenstiel
Organizational Analysis
Ernst von Kardorff
Qualitative Evaluation Research
 
PART FOUR: METHODOLOGY AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardorff and Ines Steinke
Introduction
Uwe Flick
Design and Process in Qualitative Research
Werner Meinefeld
Hypotheses and Prior Knowledge in Qualitative Research
Jo Reichertz
Abduction, Deduction and Induction in Qualitative Research
Hans Merkens
Selection Procedures, Sampling, Case Construction
Udo Kelle and Christian Erzberger
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Not in Opposition

 
Uwe Flick
Triangulation in Qualitative Research
Ines Steinke
Quality Criteria in Qualitative Research
 
PART FOUR: QUALITATIVE METHODS AND DOING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardorff and Ines Steinke
Introduction
Stephan Wolff
Ways into the Field and their Variants
Christel Hopf
Qualitative Interviews
An Overview

 
Harry Hermanns
Interviewing as an Activity
Ralf Bohnsack
Group Discussions and Focus Groups
Christian L[um]uders
Field Observation and Ethnography
Douglas Harper
Photography as Social Science Data
Norman K Denzin
Reading Film
Using Films and Video as Empirical Social Science Material

 
J[um]org Bergmann and Christoph Meier
Electronic Process Data and Analysis
Sabine Kowal and Daniel C O'Connell
On the Transcription of Conversations
Christiane Schmidt
The Analysis of Semi-Structured Interviews
Gabriele Rosenthal and Wolfram Fischer-Rosenthal
The Analysis of Narrative-Biographical Interviews
Philipp Mayring
Qualitative Content Analysis
Andreas B[um]ohm
Theoretical Coding
Text Analysis in Grounded Theory

 
Udo Kelle
Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Data
Stephan Wolff
Analysis of Documents and Records
Jo Reichertz
Objective Hermeneutics and Hermeneutic Sociology of Knowledge
J[um]org Bergmann
Conversation Analysis
Hubert Knoblauch and Thomas Luckmann
Genre Analysis
Ian Parker
Discourse-Analytic Method
Hans Dieter K[um]onig
Deep Structure Hermeneutic
Heinz Bude
The Art of Interpretation
Eduard Matt
The Presentation of Qualitative Research
 
PART SIX: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN CONTEXT
Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardorff and Ines Steinke
Introduction
Christel Hopf
Research Ethics and Qualitative Research
Uwe Flick and Martin Bauer
Teaching Qualitative Research
Ernst von Kardorff
Utilization of Qualitative Research
Hubert Knoblauch
The Future Prospects of Qualitative Research
Christian L[um]uders
The Challenges of Qualitative Research
Alexandre Metraux
The Art of Procedure, Methodological Innovation and Theory-Formation in Qualitative Research
 
PART SEVEN: RESOURCES
Heike Ohlbrecht
Service Section

A welcome source that explains a variety of qualitative research methods and the stages involved in conducting studies.

Dr Judith Marshall
Centre for Psychology and Counselling, Swansea Metropolitan University
February 28, 2014

A thoughtful and readable text suitable for Masters level.

Dr Jane Bell
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
May 31, 2013

A comprehensive quide to qualitative research that gives a thorough grounding. Useful for anyone studying masters level and above.

Mrs Amanda O'Shea
School of Education, Roehampton University
July 5, 2012

Excellent supportive text, designed for those researchers engaging in complex qualitative research

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
July 12, 2011

This book is a valuable instructional resource for students.

Mrs Titilola Olukoga
Education , The Manchester College
March 11, 2011

This is a very good book, however, it works well in addition to other sources, as opposed to essential.

Miss Vickie Cooper
Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
March 4, 2010

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Uwe Flick

Uwe Flick is a professor of qualitative research at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is a psychologist and sociologist and holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He has been professor at Alice Salomon University (Berlin) and at University of Vienna, Austria. His main research interests include qualitative methods, access to labor market for refugees and after migration, social representations of health, vulnerability, youth homelessness, and technological change in everyday life. He edited The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (SAGE, 2014), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection (SAGE, 2018), The SAGE... More About Author

Ernst von Kardoff

Ines Steinke

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