Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences / Edition 6

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This text uses hands-on activities and real-life examples to show novice researchers how to design, collect, and analyze qualitative data, and then present their results to the scientific community. It also stresses the importance of ethics in research and taking the time to properly design and think through any research endeavor. The Seventh Edition includes new and expanded discussions of many research strategies, including concept mapping, critical ethnography, action research, and visual ethnography.

Incl. ethical issues; focus group interviewing; ethnographic field strategies; historiography; sociometry.

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Editorial Reviews

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A text for undergraduate and graduate levels that can be used as a supplement or a core text. Covers collecting, organizing, and making sense of qualitative data, and discusses interviewing, ethnographic field strategies, sociometry, content analysis, ethical issues, and writing research papers. This second edition contains more examples from outside the field of sociology, and new material on designing qualitative research and the role of computers in qualitative research and analysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

Thank you to the following reviewers:

Chris Podeschi Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Janelle Wilson University of Minnesota Duluth

Kimberly Mahaffy Millersville University

Meredith Kneavel Boyd Chestnut Hill College

Paula Fernandez William Paterson University

Susan Wortmann Nebraska Wesleyan University


“This is so well written and clear for students who struggle with this type of material.”

-Meredith Kneavel Boyd, Chestnut Hill College

“The primary strength of Berg's book is the breadth of data gathering approaches covered. It is also written in a manner that is accessible to undergraduate students.”

-Chris Podeschi, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Berg’s text is organized nicely, written well, and includes helpful ideas for student projects.”

-Janelle Wilson, University of Minnesota, Duluth

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205482634
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce L. Berg received his PhD from Syracuse University in 1983. His first faculty position as Assistant Professor was at Florida State University, where he also served as Internship Director. In 1986, he took a position at University of Massachusetts-Boston Harbor campus. Then from 1988 to 1996, he moved up the academic ladder at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, achieving tenure and full professor status. He served as chair of many doctoral dissertation committees and thus influenced generations of young scholars. In 1997, he moved to Southern California and took a faculty position at CSULB, where he remained until his death in 2009.

Howard Lune is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Graduate Social Research Program at Hunter College, CUNY. He specializes in research on organizations and organizational fields, with a particular focus on nonprofit organizations. The majority of his research concerns the efforts by relatively marginal groups to organize for greater political, social and/or economic power. He has published studies of organizing in response to HIV/AIDS, the development of zero tolerance drug policies in the US, state-community relations in political policy domains, and adolescent violence in public schools.

He is presently working on a historical study of the development of the American Irish collective identity, from the founding the US to the end of the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 Designing qualitative research 21

Ch. 3 Ethical issues 60

Ch. 4 A dramaturgical look at interviewing 101

Ch. 5 Focus group interviewing 158

Ch. 6 Ethnographic field strategies 190

Ch. 7 Action research 246

Ch. 8 Unobtrusive measures in research 268

Ch. 9 Historiography and oral traditions 296

Ch. 10 Case studies 317

Ch. 11 An introduction to content analysis 338

Ch. 12 Writing research papers : sorting the noodles from the soup 378

Name index 408

Subject index 413

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