Doing Qualitative Research: Designs, Methods, And Techniques by Greg M ScottDoing Qualitative Research: Designs, Methods, And Techniques by Greg M Scott

Doing Qualitative Research: Designs, Methods, And Techniques

byGreg M Scott, Roberta M Garner

Paperback | February 21, 2012

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Examine qualitative research as evidence-based stories of social life.


Doing Qualitative Research shows how qualitative research is evidence-based stories of our social life.


By the time readers complete this book, they will be able to conduct their own research and understand the pleasures and perils of qualitative research. This text is ideal for classes in disciplines such as cultural studies, anthropology, political science, ethnic studies, women and gender studies, the media, journalism and communications, organizational behavior, and more.


Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Assess others' research and develop their own research
  • Understand the scientific method, broadly defined and adapted to understanding human beings
  • Analyze with a critical and reflexive style of research — readers should understand how their own lives affect how others are seen
  • Link theory and research
  • Understand the macro-micro linkages created by qualitative research

Greg Scott Greg Scott, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, received his doctorate in sociology in 1998 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  From 1995-2000 he served as Director of Research and Associate Director of the ...
Title:Doing Qualitative Research: Designs, Methods, And TechniquesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.1 × 6.95 × 0.9 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents






Part I: Getting Started: Thinking about Research Choices

Part II: Choosing a Research Design

Part III: Focus on Ethnography 

Part IV: Choices from the Methods Tool Kit

Part V: Telling the Story




Part I: Getting Started: Thinking about Research Choices

Chapter 1:   Introduction: Logic of Inquiry, Research Designs and Strategies, and the Methods Tool Kit

Chapter 2:   A Brief History of Qualitative Research

Chapter 3:   Asking Research Questions

Chapter 4:   The Ethics of Qualitative Research

Chapter 5:   The Politics of Qualitative Research

Chapter 6:   Integrating Theory into Qualitative Research: Foundational, Grounded, and Critical-Reflexive Theories


Part II: Choosing a Research Design

Chapter 7:    Ethnography: An Overview

Chapter 8:    Historical-Comparative Research

Chapter 9:    Social Autopsies: Adverse Events and What They Tell Us about Society

Chapter 10: Community-Based Participatory Research and Action Research

Chapter 11: The Analysis of Cultural Objects and Discourses as a Research Design

Chapter 12: Multi-Method Designs


Part III: Focus on Ethnography

Chapter 13: Ethnography:  Entering the Field

Chapter 14: Ethnography: Types of Data

Chapter 15: Ethnography: Writing Field Notes

Chapter 16: Directed Strategies for Data-Making


Part IV: Choices from the Methods Tool-kit

Chapter 17: Observation, Participant-Observation and Carnal Sociology

Chapter 18: Interviewing

Chapter 19: Focus Groups

Chapter 20: Life Narratives

Chapter 21: Visual Methods

Chapter 22: Software for Qualitative Analysis


Part V: Telling the Story

Chapter 23:  Preparing a Research Report

Chapter 24: Wrapping It Up: Ethical, Political, Legal and Emotional Challenges

Editorial Reviews

Thank you to the following reviewers:   Amy Leisenring San Jose State University Todd Migliaccio California State University Sacramento Chantal Tusher Georgia State University Keith Mann Cardinal Stritch University Jan Buhrmann Illinois College Liahna Gordon California State University Chico   “This text is very comprehensive and includes topics not often found in other qualitative research methods books (i.e. social autopsies, multi-method designs). It thoroughly covers a lot of important "background" and theoretical information also not usually covered in other texts (i.e. history of qualitative methods, politics, etc.).” - Amy Leisenring, San Jose State University   “The writing style is very clear, engaging, and effective…The authors have a deep knowledge of their subject and synthesize them very effectively.  The exercises are very well conceived and seem to be very effective in the learning of course material.” - Keith Mann, Cardinal Stritch University   “I like the fact that the authors do a lot of comparing and contrasting with quantitative approaches (which I feel is useful), and I also like the fact that they include a number of interesting and relevant case studies, which will help hold students' interest while they're reading, and also provide some good 'jumping off' points and examples to consider during class discussions.”  - Jan Buhrmann, Illinois College   “I like the separation of design and method.  I like that there is a discussion of the politics of research. I like the examples based on research that has already been conducted and with which academics and grad students might themselves already be familiar.” - Liahna Gordon , California State University, Chico