Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice

Paperback | July 25, 2003

EditorSharlene Nagy Hesse-biber, Patricia Leavy

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Qualitative research encompasses a growing set of methods that eschew strictly empirical, quantitative data in favor of information gathered through ethnography, in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and visual research. While it is an important tool in the arsenal of the researcher, there isoften a large gap between the theory behind qualitative research and the actual practice of its methods. Approaches to Qualitative Research couples theoretical articles with practical research examples to help students develop a holistic understanding of the process of qualitative research. Covering a wide range of traditional and emergent research methods, as well as techniques of analysis and writing, the book clearly explains the critical link between theory and method through carefully selected articles and in-depth introductory essays. The essays illustrate key concepts that arecrucial to the understanding of qualitative methods, connecting theoretical discussions with "how-to" examples of the research process. Selected for their accessibility, the articles not only reveal the basics of qualitative research but also touch on some current practices including Internetresearch, computer-driven data analysis, and using still and moving data. Approaches to Qualitative Research is an exemplary text for undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods and qualitative research methods. It is also an ideal companion volume to Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber andMichelle Yaiser's Feminist Perspectives on Social Research (OUP, 2004).

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Qualitative research encompasses a growing set of methods that eschew strictly empirical, quantitative data in favor of information gathered through ethnography, in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and visual research. While it is an important tool in the arsenal of the researcher, there isoften a large gap between the theory behind q...

Sharlene Hesse-Biber is at Boston College. Patricia Leavy is at Stonehill College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:July 25, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157753

ISBN - 13:9780195157758

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I. DISTINGUISHING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH1. Egon G. Guba and Yvonna S. Lincoln: Competing Paradigms in Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues2. Joey Sprague and Mary Zimmerman: Overcoming Dualisms: A Feminist Agenda for Sociological Methodology3. Sandra Harding: How Standpoint Methodology Informs Philosophy of Social Science4. Mark R. Rank: The Blending of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Understanding Childbearing among Welfare Recipients5. Deborah L. Tolman and Laura Szalacha: Dimensions of Desire: Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in a Study of Female Adolescent SexualityII. INTERACTION AND POSITIONALITY WITHIN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH6. bell hooks: Culture to Culture: Ethnography and Cultural Studies as Critical Intervention7. Barrie Thorne: "You Still Takin' Notes?" Fieldwork and Problems of Informed Consent8. Kath Weston: Fieldwork in Lesbian and Gay Communities9. William L. Miller and Benjamin F. Crabtree: Depth Interviewing10. Charles A. Gallagher: "White Like Me?" Methods, Meaning, and Manipulation in the Field of White Studies11. Kathryn Anderson, Susan Armitage, Dana Jack, and Judith Wittner: Beginning Where We Are: Feminist Methodology in Oral History12. Ingrid Botting: Understanding Domestic Service through Orla History and the Census: The Case of Grand Falls, Newfoundland13. David L. Morgan: Focus Groups14. Peter McDermott and Julia Rothenberg: Why Urban Parents Resist Involvement in Their Children's Elementary EducationIII. UNOBTRUSIVE METHODS, VISUAL RESEARCH, AND CULTURAL STUDIES15. Lindsay Prior: Following in Foucault's Footsteps: Text and Context in Qualitative Research16. Jon Prosser and Dona Schwartz: Photographs wihtin the Sociological Research Project17. Diana Rose: Analyses of Moving Images18. Chris Mann and Fiona Stewart: Introducing Online Methods19. Denna Harmon and Scot B. Boeringer: A Content Analysis of Internet-Accessible Written Pornographic DepictionsIV. ANALYSIS, INTERPRETATION, AND THE WRITING OF QUALITATIVE DATA20. John Van Maanen: An End to Innocence: The Ethnography of Ethnography21. Norman K. Denzin: The Art and Politics of Interpretation22. Laural Richardson: Writing: A Method of Inquiry23. Kathy Charmaz: Grounded Theory24. Katherine Borland: "That's Not What I Said": Interpretive Conflict in Oral Narrative Research25. Sharlene Hesse-Biber: Unleashing Frankenstein's Monster? The Use of Computers in Qualitative Research