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Qualitative Research Practice

Qualitative Research Practice
Concise Paperback Edition

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

November 2006 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This book is jam-packed with a wide range of material related to qualitative research…. [T]his is a quality text and has much to offer the reader, especially the novice researcher' - Nurse Researcher

`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

This concise paperback edition of the best selling handbook, Qualitative Research Practice, is particularly aimed at the student reader. The chapters 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. This is also a good philosophy for students to adopt in planing research work: to begin from a practical conception of the research process and to treat a book like this as an opportunity to learn a valuable craft.

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
Molly Andrews et al
Narrative Research
Celia Kitzinger
Feminist Approaches
Gavin Kendall and Gary Wickham
The Foucaultian Framework
Paul ten Have
Anssi Peräkylä
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
James A Holstein and Jaber F Gubrium
Working It Up, Down and Across

Julia Brannen
Working Qualitatively and Quantitatively
Louise Corti and Paul Thompson
Secondary Analysis of Archived Data
Malin Åkerström, Katarina Jacobsson and David Wästerfors
Reanalysis of Previously Collected Material
Annette N 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, Representatives and Generalizability
Robert M Emerson
Working with 'Key Incidents'
Udo Kelle
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Moira J Kelly
Qualitative Evaluation Research
Donna Ladkin
Action Research
Donileen R Loseke and Spencer E Cahill
Publishing Qualitative Manuscripts
Lessons Learned

Pertti Alasuutari
The Globalization of Qualitative Research

'This book is jam-packed with a wide range of material related to qualitative research…. [T]his is a quality text and has much to offer the reader, especially the novice researcher' - Nurse Researcher

I'm adopting this important resource as a recommended material for evaluating our research in digital enterprise architecture.

Professor Alfred Zimmermann
Faculty of Informatics, Reutlingen University of Applied Sci
February 1, 2016

Good reference book with accessible and useful information.

Mr David Ness
Social Science, Moray College UHI
January 22, 2013

This book is like a breath of fresh air. Written from the personal perspective of the researcher I found this a very engaging read, unlike many qualitative methods texts which can be a little dry.

Miss Rebekah McNaughton
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
May 8, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

Chapter Two