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Context and Method in Qualitative Research
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Context and Method in Qualitative Research

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June 1997 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A critical examination of the principles and practice of qualitative research is provided in this book which examines the interplay between context and method, making it invaluable for both the experienced and the beginning researcher.

A range of methodological and practical issues central to the concerns of qualitative researchers are addressed. These include: the validity and plausibility of qualitative methods; the problems encountered using specific techniques in a range of social settings; and the moral issues raised in qualitative research. These themes are related to practical issues which are illustrated by a breadth of examples and in-depth case studies.

The contributors look at the methods and strategies that they have used to study everyday life, and make suggestions to readers on why and how they might conduct their own studies. They raise issues that go beyond `cookbook' discussions of issues such as how to enter social settings, manage the subjects of one's research and ask `good' questions in the process of formulating research strategies. These issues are addressed within the framework of the larger purposes and uses of qualitative research where specific methodological problems are not used as ends in themselves.

Gale Miller
Introduction
Context and Method in Qualitative Research

 
 
PART ONE: VALIDITY AND PLAUSIBILITY IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
David Silverman
The Logics of Qualitative Research
Kath M Melia
Producing `Plausible Stories'
Interviewing Student Nurses

 
Michael Bloor
Techniques of Validation in Qualitative Research
A Critical Commentary

 
 
PART TWO: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Robert Dingwall
Accounts, Interviews and Observations
Isobel Bowler
Problems with Interviewing
Experiences with Service Providers and Clients

 
Gale Miller
Contextualizing Texts
Studying Organizational Texts

 
Tom Durkin
Using Computers in Strategic Qualitative Research
Scott A Hunt and Robert D Benford
Dramaturgy and Methodology
Research Techniques from a Theatrical Perspective

 
 
PART THREE: ANALYZING INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Emmanuel Lazega
Network Analysis and Qualitative Research
A Method of Contextualization

 
Robert Dingwall and P M Strong
The Interactional Study of Organizations
A Critique and Reformulation

 
Gale Miller
Toward Ethnographies of Institutional Discourse
Proposal and Suggestions

 
 
PART FOUR: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AS A MORAL DISCOURSE
David L Altheide and John M Johnson
Ethnography and Justice
P M Strong
One Branch of Moral Science
An Early Modern Approach to Public Policy

 
Robert Dingwall
Conclusion
The Moral Discourse of Interactionism

 

`A coherent collection combining theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of qualitative research. Those who are grappling with the many challenges of social research, whether experienced or beginners, will find this book an invaluable resource' - Journal of Advanced Nursing

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