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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research

Second Edition
  • 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

January 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of Qualitative Research provides a refreshing introduction to doing and debating qualitative research. The author uses updated content, ranging from photographs to novels and newspaper stories, to demonstrate how getting to grips with qualitative methods means asking ourselves fundamental questions about how we are influenced by contemporary culture.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for Undergraduate students who are new to qualitative research and even Postgraduates and Practitioners who want re-assess their current understanding of the field.

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Preface: Making a Space for This Book
Chapter 1: Innumerable Inscrutable Habits: Why Unremarkable Things Matter
Chapter 2: On Finding and Manufacturing Qualitative Data
Chapter 3: Instances or Sequences?
Chapter 4: Applying Qualitative Research
Chapter 5: The Aesthetics of Qualitative Research: On Bullshit and Tonsils
A Very Short Conclusion

Not for the beginner but a useful book for those already familiar with or using qualitative research methods. Casual, informal style is refreshing.

Dr Hannah McCabe
Library, IBAT College
June 27, 2013

This does what it says on the tin! Very accessible.

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

Students really striggle with research methodology but this book explains qualitative research in a very student friendly way.

Ms Rita Walsh
School of Business, Royal Agricultural College
May 14, 2013

Silverman provides such a simple guide to qualitative research that I have once again recommended this book to our students for those undertaking qualitative research.

Mrs Anita McGowan
HRM, Croydon College
May 10, 2013

useful reading for qualitative UG researchers. Gives a different perspective.

Mr Liam Higgins
Southampton Business School, Southampton Solent University
April 12, 2013

As with the first edition this latest updated and revised version remains a thoughtful and engaging read. Students and first time researchers faced with some of the impenetrabilities of qualitative research will find this book a useful counterbalance for some of the more theoretical texts on qualitative research. More experienced readers will also find this book stimulating, sometimes provocative and yet invigorating. The inclusion of new examples from the internet age bring the text up to date whereas the addition of a ‘glossary of received ideas’ that seeks to expose notions about what qualitative research involves is entertaining and could be extended. Overall, the book achieves its aims; it is affordable, short, and more importantly it offers an interesting thought provoking perspective on qualitative research.

Mr Kevin Hugill
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
March 22, 2013

This is an excellent, thought provoking and very readable book that will get students thinking critically about their research, from the very first chapter.

Mr John Luker
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
March 13, 2013

The main focus of the module is about evaluating research - but this will be very good for understanding how research is done. It is clear and interesting, and includes experience of doing research.

Mr Keith Edwards
Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
March 11, 2013

Really useful.

Mr Steve Dixon
Education Department, Newman University College
March 7, 2013

Very concise text. Gives in a nutshell a good critical overview of what qualitative research could be. Interesting view on interview method. Most examples are from the social sciences.

Mr Gerlof Donga
MIC, Amsterdam University of Prof Education
February 27, 2013

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