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The Craft of Qualitative Longitudinal Research
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The Craft of Qualitative Longitudinal Research



March 2021 | 388 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Brimming with time maps, life history calendars, and extracts from transcripts and diaries, this book illustrates by example the unique principles, challenges, and applications of qualitative longitudinal research.

Synthesizing current literature on qualitative longitudinal research, it brings together sociological theory and empirically driven longitudinal studies while also highlighting a range of possible research approaches. With a consistent balance of conceptual discussions with hands-on advice, it provides readers with the foundation to adapt lessons-learned from other researchers to fit their own qualitative longitudinal studies.

Supported by research tools like coding frames, short data extracts, consent forms, transcription guidelines, and other data organization tools, this book provides everything postgraduate researchers need to transition from the classroom to the field. 

 
Part One: Introducing Qualitative Longitudinal Research
 
Chapter 1: Qualitative Longitudinal Research: Mapping the field
 
Chapter 2: Time and the Processual Turn: Fluid Enquiry
 
Chapter 3. Time and the Life Course
 
Part Two: The Craft of Qualitative Longitudinal Research
 
Chapter 4: Design and Sampling in Qualitative Longitudinal Research
 
Chapter 5: Longitudinal Ethics: Walking Alongside
 
Chapter 6: Generating Qualitative Longitudinal Data
 
Part Three: Journeys with Data
 
Chapter 7: Managing Qualitative Longitudinal Data: Ethics and Practicalities
 
Chapter 8: Working with Legacy Data
 
Chapter 9: Qualitative Longitudinal Analysis: Basic Strategies
 
Chapter 10: Cases and Themes in Qualitative Longitudinal Analysis
 
Chapter 11: Process and Synthesis in Qualitative Longitudinal Analysis
 
Conclusion
 
Chapter 12: Looking Back, Looking Forward

An engaging, timely and tremendously generous guide to qualitative longitudinal research. This book will be of great value to both readers already using this method and those new to the field. 

Julia Cook
University of Newcastle


Written by a world-renowned scholar, this is a seminal text for qualitative longitudinal research. Bren Neale’s wealth of experience, thought-provoking reflections and synthesis of other key studies, provides an accessible, comprehensive and timely guide for researchers, students and teachers.

Susie Weller
University of Southampton

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Bren Neale

Bren Neale is Emeritus Professor of Life Course and Family Research at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was the director of the ESRC-funded Timescapes Study from 2007 to 2012. She has contributed to advances in Qualitative Longitudinal methods across academia, government and the voluntary sector, both in the UK and internationally, and continues to provide training and support in this methodology for new and established researchers. More About Author

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