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Overview

Is qualitative research in crisis?

In Questioning Qualitative Inquiry Martin Hammersley argues that the move away from natural science as a model for social inquiry involves a rejection of key principles that are essential for any commitment to research.

Discussing fifty years of change in qualitative social research, Martyn Hammersley's argument is pursued in concrete terms through discussion of specific issues, such as:

- how to learn from the history of qualitative inquiry

- can qualitative methodology be taught

- the significance of researchers' commitment to tolerance

- the role of rhetoric in research reports

- the attitudes of qualitative researchers towards theory, evidence and validity.

A key theme is the current emphasis on discursive rather than social action as the focus of study, and the implications of this not just for the process of analysis but also for the use of various kinds of data.

At a time when qualitative inquiry is coming under challenge, as a result of pressure to serve evidence-based policymaking and practice, these issues are becoming increasingly pressing. These often provocative essays on current developments and debates are essential reading for anyone interested in the future of qualitative research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412935159
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: Reading Ethnographic Research (Longman 1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (Routledge 1992); The Politics of Social Research (Sage 1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paul Chapman, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (Sage 2008), Methodology, Who Needs It? (Sage, 2011), and What is Qualitative Research? (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2013)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Dentists, Dadaists or Discourse Analysts?
On the Failings of Qualitative Inquiry
Capturing Complexity? An Examination of a Common Rationale for Qualitative Research
On Thick Description
Interpreting Geertz
The Critical Case of Analytic Induction
Assessing the Radical Critique of Interviews - with Roger Gomm
Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis
Methods or Paradigms?
The Dadaist Alternative
"Postmodernist" Qualitative Research
Is Qualitative Research Just Rhetoric?
Validity Criteria for Qualitative Research
Are They Possible or even Desirable?
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