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This book provides students and first-time researchers with a clear and accessible introduction to the practice of qualitative social research. The author focuses on the key issues which need to be identified and resolved in the qualitative research process and which will help the potential researcher to develop the skills they need.
The accomplished qualitative researcher needs to think and act strategically when carrying out research but should also be responsive to the changing contexts and conditions under which that research is conducted. This requires the researcher to combine intellectual, philosophical, technical, practical and ethical concerns. This book highlights the 'difficult' questions that researchers should
Discusses planning & designing research, using interviewing, sampling & selecting, organizing data, analysis, etc.
|Preface and Acknowledgements|
|Introduction: The Challenge of Qualitative Research||1|
|1||Finding a Focus and Knowing Where You Stand||13|
|2||Designing Qualitative Research||24|
|3||Data Sources, Methods and Approaches||51|
|5||Observing and Participating||84|
|6||Using Visual Methods and Documents||103|
|7||Sampling and Selection in Qualitative Research||120|
|8||Organizing and Indexing Qualitative Data||147|
|9||Making Convincing Arguments with Qualitative Data||173|
|App||Difficult Questions for Qualitative Research||205|