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Qualitative Research Practice

Qualitative Research Practice

Edited by:
  • Clive Seale - University of London, UK, Brunel University, UK
  • Giampietro Gobo - University of Milan, Italy
  • Jaber F Gubrium - University of Missouri, USA
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology

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Qualitative Research

640 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This comprehensive collection of almost 40 chapters - each written by a leading expert in the field - is the essential reference for anyone undertaking or studying qualitative research. It covers a diversity of methods and a variety of perspectives and is a very practical and informative guide for newcomers and experienced researchers alike' - John Scott, University of Essex

`The best ways in which to understand the issues and processes informing qualitative research is to learn from the accounts of its leading practitioners. Here they come together in what is a distinctive and wide-ranging collection that will appeal to postgraduates and social researchers in general' - Tim May, University of Salford

`This excellent guide engages in a dialogue with a wide range of expert qualitative researchers, each of whom considers their own practice in an illuminating and challenging way. Overall, the book constitutes an authoritative survey of current methods of qualitative research data collection and analysis' - Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey

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.

Clive Seale et al
Inside Qualitative Research

Tim Rapley
Joanna Bornat
Oral History
Gabriele Rosenthal
Biographical Research
Phil Macnaghten and Greg Myers
Focus Groups
Ian Dey
Grounded Theory
Paul Atkinson
Performance and Rehearsal
The Ethnographer at the Opera

Molly Andrews et al
Narrative Research
Celia Kitzinger
Feminist Approaches
Gavin Kendall and Gary Wickham
The Foucaultian Framework
Paul ten Have
Anssi Perakyla
Conversation Analysis
Alexa Hepburn and Jonathan Potter
Discourse Analytic Practice
Ruth Wodak
Critical Discourse Analysis
Sara Delamont
Ethnography and Participant Observation
Anne Ryen
Ethical Issues
Nigel Fielding
Working in Hostile Environments
Les Back
Politics, Research and Understanding
Linda S Mitteness and Judith C Barker
Collaborative and Team Research
James Holstein and Jaber Gubrium
Working it Up, Down and Across

Julia Brannen
Working Qualitatively and Quantitatively
Louise Corti and Paul Thompson
Secondary Analysis of Archived Data
Malin Akerstr[um]om, Katarina Jacobsson and David W[um]asterfors
Reanalysis of Previously Collected Material
Annette Markham
The Internet as Research Context
Lindsay Prior
Sarah Pink
Visual Methods
Clive Seale
Quality in Qualitative Research
Bent Flyvbjerg
Five Misunderstandings about Case Study Research
Giampietro Gobo
Sampling, Representativeness and Generalizability
Bob Emerson
Working with `Key Incidents'
Udo Kelle
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Janice Morse
Preparing and Evaluating Qualitative Research Proposals
Gill Ereaut
Qualitative Market Research
Moira Kelly
Qualitative Evaluation Research
Donna Ladkin
Action Research
Martyn Hammersley
Teaching Qualitative Method
Barbara Czarniawska
Writing a Social Science Monograph
Donileen Loseke and Spencer Cahill
Publishing Qualitative Manuscripts
Pertti Alasuutari
The Globalization of Qualitative Research

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Clive Seale

Clive Seale has been Professor of Sociology (or Medical Sociology) at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary’s (both University of London) and Brunel University. His work has concerned communication in health care and death in modern society. He has published extensively on research methods. His books include Constructing Death: the sociology of dying and bereavement (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Quality of Qualitative Research (Sage, 1999), Media and Health (Sage, 2003) and Gender and the Language of Illness (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010, with Jonathan Charteris-Black). Recently, he has turned to fiction, publishing a novel, Interrogating Ellie ... More About Author

Giampietro Gobo

Giampietro Gobo, Ph.D., is Professor of Methodology of Social Research and Evaluation Methods at the Department of Social and Political Studies - University of Milan. He has published over fifty articles in the areas of qualitative and quantitative methods. His books include Doing Ethnography (Sage 2008) and Qualitative Research Practice (Sage 2004, co-edited with C. Seale, J.F. Gubrium and D. Silverman). He is currently engaged in projects in the area of workplace studies.   More About Author

Jaber F. Gubrium

Jaber F. Gubrium is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Missouri. He has an extensive record of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions. His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, family, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context. More About Author

David Silverman

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a PhD on organization theory. This was published as... More About Author

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