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Understanding Qualitative Research and Ethnomethodology

Understanding Qualitative Research and Ethnomethodology

First Edition

January 2004 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The book makes a valuable addition to the field…providing a very useful resource for those evaluating, engaging in, or embarking on, research' - Monika Buscher, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

This book provides a discussion of qualitative research methods from an ethnomethodological perspective. Detailed yet concise, Paul ten Have's text explores the complex relation between the more traditional methods of qualitative social research and the discipline of ethnomethodology. It draws on examples from both ethnomethodological studies and the wider field of qualitative research to discuss critically an array of methods for qualitative data collection and analysis.

Key features of the book include:

· A broad coverage - includes discussions of interviewing, the use of documents, ethnography, and methods of data analysis

· An understanding of different research traditions and illustrations of how these may be used in practice

· Concise chapter summaries and further reading sections to aid student learning

With a student-friendly structure, this engaging book will be an invaluable resource for both students and researchers across the social sciences.

Qualitative Methods in Social Research
Ethnomethodology's Perspective
Ethnomethodology's Methods
Natural Documents
Ethnography and Field Methods
Qualitative Analysis
Doing Ethnomethodological Studies

Rather advanced for final year undergraduates' general reading, however, for those who are pursuing a dissertation project that would lend itself to this type of research, this book would be recommended.

Ms Victoria Pagan
Business School, Newcastle University
September 10, 2013

An excellent introduction to ethnomethodology and relating it to other qualitative approaches. We are recommending this for students interested in exploring ethnomethodology.

Mr Steven Wright
Division for Health Research, Lancaster University
February 22, 2012

Useful book and will be recommending

Ms Sarah Metcalfe
Department of Sociology, York University
May 25, 2011

A good text which is one of the best I have come across in linking qualitative research with the theoretical understudy of ethnomethodology. A valuable text, but noy quite suited to the entire course to suggest as a recommended text.

Dr Daniel McCarthy
Department of Sociology, Surrey University
January 31, 2011

Understanding Qualitative Research and Ethnomethodology, is a comprehensive yet simple and practical introduction of the Ethnomethodology, although this also contain useful information on other qualitative methods. In author's own words "the basic strategy of this book to confront the research practices and logics of these qualitative colleagues with the ones available in ethnomethodology, in order to elucidate both" (p. 15).

As number scholars who are using these alternate methods of social inquiry is rising, many doctoral students and scholars are now using ethnography, participant observation, interviews, documents, and other such field methods in understanding their chosen research questions of study. For such scholars this will be very useful as a primary introduction to ethnomethodology and a starting point to other related methods.

Professor Israr Qureshi
Management and Marketing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
July 17, 2010

Paul Ten Have

Paul ten Have is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His recent publications include Doing Conversation Analysis: A Practical Guide(Sage, 1999) and "Structuring Writing for Reading: Hypertext and the Reading Body" (Human Studies22, 1999). More About Author

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