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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 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)
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 "
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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: 416
  • 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

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Transformation in Principles and Practice 1
Pt. 1 Putting the Practice into Theory 15
1 Institutional Ethnography 17
2 Critical Realist Ethnography 53
3 Framing the Rational in Fieldwork 73
4 Analysing Interaction: Video, Ethnography and Situated Conduct 99
Pt. 2 Generalization, Interpretation and Analysis 123
5 Generalization in Interpretive Research 125
6 Representation, Responsibility and Reliability in Participant-Observation 144
7 Automating the Ineffable: Qualitative Software and the Meaning of Qualitative Research 161
8 Subjectivity and Qualitative Method 179
Pt. 3 Choices in Context 197
9 Observation and Interviewing: Options and Choices in Qualitative Research 199
10 Qualitative Interviewing: Asking, Listening and Interpreting 225
11 Narrative in Social Research 242
Pt. 4 Power, Participation and Expertise 259
12 Engagement and Evaluation in Qualitative Inquiry 261
13 Negotiating Power and Expertise in the Field 286
14 On Relations between Black Female Researchers and Participants 300
Pt. 5 Reflexivity, the Self and Positioning 311
15 Ethnography and Self: Reflections and Representations 313
16 Reflexivity and the Politics of Qualitative Research 332
17 Techniques for Telling the Reflexive Self 349
18 Emotions, Fieldwork and Professional Lives 375
Index 395
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