Qualitative Research in Action / Edition 1

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Overview

"This is an excellent collection at the cutting edge of thinking about qualitative research.... The breadth of coverage and the sophistication of the discussion make this an important addition to the increasing literature on qualitative work."

- Jonathan Potter, Loughborough University

"This book is likely to have a broad appeal to a rising generation of qualitative researchers seeking to relate theoretical debates to methodological practice."

- Clive Seale, Goldsmiths College

This exciting new book brings together contributions from world-leading scholars as well as younger researchers and focuses on cutting-edge issues related to the practice of qualitative research in the field. It provides a forum for contributors to discuss the issues and processes

which inform qualitative research in its various forms as based on fieldwork experiences.

In achieving this in an accessible manner to both practising students and researchers, it seeks to enable a dialogue over ideas and provide the reader with a 'state of the art' overview of the topic from a contemporary perspective.

Rather than being a 'how to do' book, this volume should prove vitally useful for advanced students and researchers who wish to engage with those ideas and practices in terms of their applicability for an understanding and explanation of the place of qualitative research in the social sciences. It is also a forum in which leading scholars make an original contribution to the subject.

Lively and highly readable throughout, Qualitative Research in Action will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and above in a variety of disciplines, as well as researchers who wish to engage with contemporary ideas and practices in relation to qualitative research.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"Fortunately, this is not another how-to qualitative research text. Rather, it is a collection of innovative essays that will interest qualitative researchers eager to relate theory to methodological practice… the overall scope and caliber of this work make it an important contribution to the literature on qualitative research "
Choice
"Fortunately, this is not another how-to qualitative research text. Rather, it is a collection of innovative essays that will interest qualitative researchers eager to relate theory to methodological practice… the overall scope and caliber of this work make it an important contribution to the literature on qualitative research "
Choice Magazine
"Fortunately, this is not another how-to qualitative research text. Rather, it is a collection of innovative essays that will interest qualitative researchers eager to relate theory to methodological practice… the overall scope and caliber of this work make it an important contribution to the literature on qualitative research "
Booknews
Veteran and neophyte social scientists from Britain, the US, Ireland, and Canada discuss perspectives, experiences, and issues and inform and arise from the process and practice of qualitative research. They cover putting the practice into theory; generalization, interpretation, and analysis; choices in context; power, participation, and expertise; and reflexivity, the self, and positioning. Among specific topics are critical realist ethnography, subjectivity, narrative, engagement and evaluation, negotiating power and expertise in the field, and techniques for telling the reflexive self. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761960683
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim May originally trained and worked as an agricultural engineer. After his Ph D (1990), he was appointed to a lectureship at Plymouth (1989-95) and then moved to the University of Durham (1995-99) and was appointed at Salford in 1999. He became Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures in 2001. He has held research grants from many sources including: ESRC; EPSRC; AHRC; Mistra (Swedish Environmental Research Foundation; Regional Development Agencies; Core Cities Group; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; Higher Education Funding Council; Local Government Management Board; Economic and Social Research Council; Manchester City Council; the CONTACT group of the four Greater Manchester Universities and the NHS.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Transformation in Principles and Practice
PART ONE: PUTTING THE PRACTICE INTO THEORY
Institutional Ethnography - Dorothy E Smith
Critical Realist Ethnography - Sam Porter
Framing the Rational in Fieldwork - Peter K Manning
Analysing Interaction - Christian Heath and Jon Hindmarsh
Video, Ethnography and Situated Conduct
PART TWO: GENERALIZATION, INTERPRETATION AND ANALYSIS
Generalization in Interpretive Research - Malcolm Williams
Representation, Responsibilty and Reliability in Participant-Observation - Mart[ac]in S[ac]anchez-Jankowski
Automating the Ineffable - Nigel G Fielding
Qualitative Software and the Meaning of Qualitative Research
Subjectivity and Qualitative Method - Valeria Walkerdine, Helen Lucey and June Melody
PART THREE: CHOICES IN CONTEXT
Observation and Interviewing - Kathleen Gerson and Ruth Horowitz
Options and Choices in Qualitative Research
Qualitative Interviewing - Jennifer Mason
Asking, Listening and Interpreting
Narrative in Social Research - Steph Lawler
PART FOUR: POWER, PARTICIPATION AND EXPERTISE
Engagement and Evaluation in Qualitative Inquiry - Linda Mc Kie
Negotiating Power and Expertise in the Field - Lynne Haney
On Relations between Black Female Researcher and Participants - Tracey Reynolds
PART FIVE: REFLEXIVITY, THE SELF AND POSITIONING
Ethnography and the Self - Amanda Coffey
Reflections and Representations
Reflexivity and the Politics of Qualitative Research - Lisa Adkins
Techniques for Telling the Reflexive Self - Beverley Skeggs
Emotions, Fieldwork and Professional Lives - Sherryl Kleinman

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