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Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research

Fourth Edition
Edited by:
  • 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

June 2016 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A who’s who of methodologists, this book introduces students to the big picture of qualitative research, teaching both the ‘why’ and the ‘how to’ of getting started, selecting a method and conducting research and data analysis. With practical tips, summaries, exercises and further reading, each chapter is like a masterclass from a leading scholar in qualitative research.

New to the fourth edition:

  • A streamlined structure to guide readers step-by-step through the research process
  • Substantial new section with 4 chapters on how to collect and analyse online data
  • A new chapter on reflexive ethnography
  • More hands-on advice on how to conduct research at every stage, making this a perfect field handbook
  • Updated reading lists provide a go-to guide to the literature and help improve citations

The most comprehensive qualitative research book available, this is the perfect all-in-one companion for any student embarking on a qualitative research course or project.

Introducing Qualitative Research, David Silverman
Addressing Social Problems through Qualitative Research, Michael Bloor
Research Ethics and Qualitative Research, Anne Ryen
The `Inside' and the `Outside': Finding Realities in Interviews, Jody Miller and Barry Glassner
Narrative Practice and the Active Interview, James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium
Analysing Focus Group Data, Sue Wilkinson
What Is Ethnography, Giampietro Gobo and Lukas Marciniak
Organizational Ethnography, Thomas Eberle and Christoph Maeder
Practising Reflexivity in Ethnography, Marie Buscatto
Analysing Documents through Fieldwork, Katarina Jacobsson
Using Documents in Social Research, Lindsay Prior
Discursive Psychology and the Study of Naturally Occurring Talk, Jonathan Potter
Conversation Analysis: Practices and Methods, John Heritage
Internet/Digital Research, Annette Markham and Simona Stavrova
Online Interviewing, Nalita James and Hugh Busher
Using Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology to Analyse Online Data, Joanne Meredith
Critical Discourse Studies and Social Media Data, Johann W. Unger, Ruth Wodak and Majid KhosraviNik
Visual Inquiry: Issues and Developments, Michael Emmison
Embodied Action: Video and the Analysis of Social Interaction, Christian Heath
Some Pragmatics of Qualitative Data Analysis, Tim Rapley
Constructing Grounded Theory Analyses, Kathy Charmaz and Anthony Bryant
What’s Different about Narrative Inquiry? Cases, Categories and Contexts, Catherine Kohler Riessman
Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies, Mary Dixon-Woods
Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data, Libby Bishop
Validity in Qualitative Research, Anssi Peräkylä
Writing Qualitative Research: Practice, Genre and Audience, Amir Marvasti

The fourth edition continues to be of great use to students studying research methods, the stature of this book speaks for itself. Students who are sometimes daunted by a plethora of available research methods can rely on this thorough and readable text to guide them through conducting their own projects.

Miss Christine Ann Lewis
Professional Development , Edge Hill University
June 9, 2016

Silverman's book is good for those wanting to engage with understanding both quantitive and qualitative approaches in research. The chapters are comprehensively written and introduces the reader to issues and ideas in research with good examples of research theories and practices. It is succinct, detailed and authoritative, which most readers will call upon as their reference guide.

Ms Heather Allison
Department of Education (North Campus), London Metropolitan University
November 27, 2016

Excellent guidance for students on their 1st qualitative research journey

Dr Morven McEachern
Salford Business School, Salford University
July 26, 2016

This is a useful book that provides specialist background reading for qualitative researchers.

Mrs Sue Murray
Sch of Health & Emergency Professions, Hertfordshire University
November 9, 2016

This book is a very useful reference for students embarking on their first foray into qualitative research methods. It covers a range of qualitative research methods and is pitched at a level that enables students to grasp the key terms and concepts discussed. This is a book I would definitely recommend for students and as such has been adopted as part of the indicative reading for this module

Mr Sean Figgins
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Chichester University
August 19, 2016

Excellent resource on a range of qualitative research methodologies

Dr Duncan Cross
Education , University of Bolton
June 1, 2016

Always an essential text to support the novice and more experienced student with their understanding of qualitative research. a must have text.

Dr ellen kitson-reynolds
Faculty of health sciences, Southampton University
June 7, 2016

A very clear and comprehensive research tool. This is written in an accessible and informative format

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, University of Winchester
May 18, 2016

Our students can complete a wide range of projects, hence it would not benefit those who favour a quantitative approach. For those looking at qualitative investigation, this is one of my first recommendations.

Mrs Anke L Twigg-Flesner
HE Equine, Hartpury College
September 22, 2016

Useful, practical guidance for research methods

Kerenza Ghosh
School of Education, Roehampton University
September 19, 2016