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An Introduction to Qualitative Research

An Introduction to Qualitative Research

Seventh Edition
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany
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January 2023 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Continuing to be THE guide to the whole qualitative research process for students, this book looks at both the theory behind qualitative research and how to put it into practice in your own work. For students across a range of social science disciplines and beyond, this is a must to help you enhance your research project.

This edition introduces:   

  • a decolonisation of methodologies   
  • a range of indigenous, queer and feminist perspectives on methodologies
  • assistance with defending a viva and alternative forms of assessment to suit a changing world.

More additions to this seventh edition include a section on the subjectivity of a researcher, and how your identity will shape your research. The further reading has been curated to include more than just western voices, providing you with global perspectives on qualitative research. This text introduces how to sensitively undertake ethical and inclusive research with marginalised groups.

This book will help you master a comprehensive understanding of qualitative research.

Part 1: Foundations of Qualitative Research
Chapter 1: Why and How to Do Qualitative Research
Chapter 2: The Qualitative–Quantitative Distinction
Chapter 3: Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 4: Methods and Data in Qualitative Research
Chapter 5: Subjectivity, Identity, and Texts in Qualitative Research
Part 2: Research Design
Chapter 6: Formulating a Research Question
Chapter 7: Choosing and Constructing the Research Design
Chapter 8: Planning the Process in Qualitative Research
Chapter 9: Ethics of Doing Qualitative Research
Chapter 10: Using The Existing Literature
Chapter 11: Access, Fields Relations, and Participatory Research
Chapter 12: Sampling
Chapter 13: Qualitative Designs with Multiple Methods
Part 3: Verbal Data
Chapter 14: Collecting Verbal Data
Chapter 15: Doing Interviews
Chapter 16: Doing Focus Groups
Chapter 17: Using Narrative Data
Part 4: Data Beyond Talk
Chapter 18: Collecting Data Beyond Talk
Chapter 19: Observation and Ethnography
Chapter 20: Visual Data: Photography, Film and Video
Chapter 21: Documents as Data and Secondary Data Analysis
Chapter 22: Digital and Social Media Research
Part 5: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 23: Analysing Qualitative Data
Chapter 24: Transcription and Data Management
Chapter 25: Grounded Theory Coding
Chapter 26: Thematic Coding and Content Analysis
Chapter 27: Analysing Naturally Occurring Data: Conversation and Discourse
Chapter 28: Using Software in Qualitative Data Analysis
Part 6: Grounding, Writing And Outlook
Chapter 29: Quality of Qualitative Research: Criteria and Beyond
Chapter 30: Writing Up and Assessment in Qualitative Research
Chapter 31: State of the Art and the Future

Professor Uwe Flick has been a leading qualitative methodologist in the social sciences for decades. His methods texts reflect his considerable talent for presenting complex concepts and approaches in a thorough and accessible manner. This latest text is no exception.

Darrin Hodgetts
PhD, Professor of Societal Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand

An Introduction to Qualitative Research is a comprehensive guide to the qualitative research process written by an accomplished expert in the field. Uwe Flick is relentless in his efforts and ambition to spread knowledge about a rich research tradition that is continually evolving and refined within the social sciences. It is a volume with both breadth and depth containing what you need to know about qualitative research to be able to try it out. Also more experienced qualitative researchers will find this text valuable and insightful. By covering different research traditions and the use of many examples from real research, the author points out a variety of vital themes for qualitative research and captures its richness.

Katarina Jacobsson
Head of Department at the School of Social Work at Lund University

In the 7th edition of his well-proven Introduction to Qualitative Research the marked expert on qualitative Research, Prof. Flick, has upgraded the scope of his thoroughly basic textbook (e.g.: actual debates on post-colonial perspectives, mixed-methods, qualitative online research). A special merit of the Introduction is, that students get a feeling of what qualitative research is about: many well conditioned didactically examples of classic studies as well as of Flicks and his students´ own research encourage students to do their first steps in Qualitative Research. 

Ernst von Kardorff
Professor formerly at Humboldt-University of Berlin

A gentle, supportive, engaging guidebook to the complex terrain of qualitative research. I recommend this book to students because it introduces key debates without jargon, and provides a practical scaffolding for one’s own research design by synthesising each chapter’s learning in a series of critical questions. 

Flora Cornish
Associate Professor in Research Methodology at LSE

Comprehensive and readable at academic level 5.

Mr Bernard Pennington
School of Human & Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
July 4, 2024

A comprehensive textbook on qualitative research. Simple to read and understand with examples from research in the real world.

Miss Lee Lui
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University
May 10, 2024

Flick provides an easy to read, yet complex narrative around how to conduct indigenist research. This is of particular benefit to Indigenous students, who are often exposed to only eurocentric ways of knowing and doing.

Ms Jennie Briese
School of Public Health & Social Work, Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove Campus
May 31, 2024

Really useful reference book for students using qualitative research. The addition of non-Western perspectives is particularly helpful.

Mrs Carrie Phillips
Social Work Department, Sunderland University
March 20, 2024

This is an excellent source for our students. We have recently used a different book for our module, however, this is a valuable resource to help students who are completing qualitative research for their dissertations.

Mr Richard Wayne Charlton
School of Criminal Justice, Arden University
November 6, 2023

This is a great book for both beginners and seasoned qualitative researchers

Dr Alice Lungu
Urban Studies, Copperbelt University
January 28, 2024

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