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Qualitative research encompasses a growing set of methods that eschew strictly empirical, quantitative data in favor of information gathered through ethnography, in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and visual research. While it is an important tool in the arsenal of the researcher, there is often a large gap between the theory behind qualitative research and the actual practice of its methods. Approaches to Qualitative Research couples theoretical articles with practical research examples to help students develop a holistic understanding of the process of qualitative research.
Covering a wide range of traditional and emergent research methods, as well as techniques of analysis and writing, the book clearly explains the critical link between theory and method through carefully selected articles and in-depth introductory essays. The essays illustrate key concepts that are crucial to the understanding of qualitative methods, connecting theoretical discussions with "how-to" examples of the research process. Selected for their accessibility, the articles not only reveal the basics of qualitative research but also touch on some current practices including Internet research, computer-driven data analysis, and using still and moving data. Approaches to Qualitative Research is an exemplary text for undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods and qualitative research methods. It is also an ideal companion volume to Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Michelle Yaiser's Feminist Perspectives on Social Research (OUP, 2004).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157741
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/17/2003
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Credits
I Distinguishing Qualitative Research 1
1 Competing Paradigms in Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues 17
2 Overcoming Dualisms: A Feminist Agenda for Sociological Methodology 39
3 How Standpoint Methodology Informs Philosophy of Social Science 62
4 The Blending of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Understanding Childbearing among Welfare Recipients 81
5 Dimensions of Desire: Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in a Study of Female Adolescent Sexuality 97
II Interaction and Positionality within Qualitative Research 131
6 Culture to Culture: Ethnography and Cultural Studies as Critical Intervention 149
7 "You Still Takin' Notes?" Fieldwork and Problems of Informed Consent 159
8 Fieldwork in Lesbian and Gay Communities 177
9 Depth Interviewing 185
10 "White Like Me?" Methods, Meaning, and Manipulation in the Field of White Studies 203
11 Beginning Where We Are: Feminist Methodology in Oral History 224
12 Understanding Domestic Service through Oral History and the Census: The Case of Grand Falls, Newfoundland 243
13 Focus Groups 263
14 Why Urban Parents Resist Involvement in Their Children's Elementary Education 286
III Unobtrusive Methods, Visual Research, and Cultural Studies 303
15 Following in Foucault's Footsteps: Text and Context in Qualitative Research 317
16 Photographs within the Sociological Research Process 334
17 Analyses of Moving Images 350
18 Introducing Online Methods 367
19 A Content Analysis of Internet-Accessible Written Pornographic Depictions 402
IV Analysis, Interpretation, and the Writing of Qualitative Data 409
20 An End to Innocence: The Ethnography of Ethnography 427
21 The Art and Politics of Interpretation 447
22 Writing: A Method of Inquiry 473
23 Grounded Theory 496
24 "That's Not What I Said": Interpretive Conflict in Oral Narrative Research 522
25 Unleashing Frankenstein's Monster? The Use of Computers in Qualitative Research 535
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