Qualitative Gerontology: A Contemporary Perspective, Second Edition / Edition 2

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The authors provide a contemporary perspective on the status of qualitative research in gerontology. The second edition examines recent trends in the application of qualitative methodologies and the emergence of new qualitative techniques such as focus groups, studies of personal histories, and the use of photography. Chapters include discussions of critical and feminist perspectives, practice issues, ethical issues, and the contribution of qualitative research to the progress of science.

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Fourteen chapters reflect the current status of qualitative research in gerontology. The collection examines recent developments and ongoing trends in the application of qualitative methodologies and the emergence of new techniques, including the use of focus groups, studies of personal histories, and photographic approaches. Critical and feminist perspectives, practical issues, ethical questions, and the contribution of qualitative research to scientific progress are all addressed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826113351
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham D. Rowles, PhD, is Professor of Gerontology and was founding director of the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky, with joint appointments in Nursing, Behavioral Science, Geography and Health Behavior. His publications include Prisoners of Space and five co-edited volumes, Aging and Milieu: Environmental Perspectives on Growing Old, Qualitative Gerontology, Long-Term Care for the Rural Elderly, Qualitative Gerontology: A Contemporary Perspective, and Home and Identity in Late Life, along with more than 60 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Dr. Rowles is President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Nancy E. Schoenberg, PhD, received a PhD from the University of Florida in Medical Anthropology. She is the Marion Pearsall Endowed Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science, Anthropology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She is also an Associate with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the Department of Communication, and the Center for Health Services Management and Research.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Back to the Future 3
Pt. II Telling Stories
Introduction 30
2 Guided Autobiography: In Search of Ordinary Wisdom 37
3 The Study of Lives in Progress: Approaches to Research on Life Stories 51
Pt. III Being There
Introduction 68
4 Ethnography of the Particular: The Individual Case and the Culture of Death in America 73
5 Participant Observations of a Participant Observer 93
6 Online Ethnography: Studying Group Dynamics of a Virtual Community of Dementia Caregivers 109
Pt. IV "Let's Talk"
Introduction 130
7 The Qualitative Interview With Older Informants: Some Key Questions 137
8 The Active Subject in Qualitative Gerontology 154
Pt. V Hybrid Vigor
Introduction 174
9 Counting and Recounting: Approaches to Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data and Methods 179
10 Maximizing Methods: Interviewers as Informants 200
11 Seeking Diagnosis for a Cognitively Impaired Family Member: Evidence From Focus Groups 213
Pt. VI Looking and Seeing
Introduction 234
12 A Picture Is Worth ...: The Use of Photography in Gerontological Research 241
13 Seeing the Unseen: Literary Interpretation in Qualitative Gerontology 263
Pt. VII Perspective
14 Forward to the Past 281
Index 285
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