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Qualitative Longitudinal Research

Qualitative Longitudinal Research
The craft of researching lives through time

March 2021 | SAGE Publications Ltd

Brimming with time maps, life history calendars, and extracts from transcripts and diaries, this book illustrates by example the unique principles, challenges, and applications of qualitative longitudinal research.

Synthesizing current literature on qualitative longitudinal research, it brings together sociological theory and empirically driven longitudinal studies while also highlighting a range of possible research approaches. With a consistent balance of conceptual discussions with hands-on advice, it provides readers with the foundation to adapt lessons-learned from other researchers to fit their own qualitative longitudinal studies.

Supported by research tools like coding frames, short data extracts, consent forms, transcription guidelines, and other data organization tools, this book provides everything postgraduate researchers need to transition from the classroom to the field. 

Part I: Conceptual Foundations
Chapter 1: Mapping the Field
Chapter 2: Time and the Life Course
Part II: Crafting Qualitative Longitudinal Research
Chapter 3: Design and Sampling
Chapter 4: Recruiting and Maintaining Samples
Chapter 5: Walking Alongside: The Ethics of Field Enquiry
Part III: Journeys with Data
Chapter 6: Generating Data
Chapter 7: Managing and Analysing Data
Chapter 8: Re-Visiting Data: The Ethics and Practice of Data Use
Chapter 9: Re-Presenting Data: The reliability and validity of qualitative longitudinal research
Post script: Looking Back, Looking Forwards

An engaging, timely and tremendously generous guide to qualitative longitudinal research. This book will be of great value to both readers already using this method and those new to the field. 

Julia Cook
University of Newcastle

Written by a world-renowned scholar, this is a seminal text for qualitative longitudinal research. Bren Neale’s wealth of experience, thought-provoking reflections and synthesis of other key studies, provides an accessible, comprehensive and timely guide for researchers, students and teachers.

Susie Weller
University of Southampton

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