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Doing Qualitative Research Differently

Doing Qualitative Research Differently
A Psychosocial Approach

Second Edition
  • Wendy Hollway - Open University, UK
  • Tony Jefferson - University of Keele, UK, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Sheffield University, UK

November 2012 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Authors Wendy Hollway and Tony Jefferson have updated their ground-breaking book for students and researchers looking to do qualitative research differently. The new Second Edition critically reviews many of the assumptions, claims, and methods of qualitative research, while also acting as a "how to" guide to the method the authors call the Free Association Narrative Interview.

In the new edition, the authors situate their arguments firmly within a tradition of psychosocial research and show how their method has developed over the last decade. The book follows this approach through the phases of empirical research practice. At each stage they use examples from their own research and end with an extended case study which demonstrates the value of their method in producing a psychosocial research subject; that is, one with socially-imbued depth, complexity, and biographical uniqueness.

The Need to Do Research Differently
Researching the Fear of Crime
Producing Data with Defended Subjects
Analyzing Data with Defended Subjects
The Ethics of Researching Psychosocial Subjects
Biography, Demography and Generalizability
A Psychosocial Case Study
Original Afterword
New Developments since 2000

This is a good start when thinking about using this creative research methodology. I particularly like the clear structure of the book that guides you through the decision making that you need to follow to decide if this is the most appropriate method of data collection for your research project. I found the chapter on working with defended subjects as this was helpful to think about the unconscious process in interviews.

Ms Jo Cruywagen
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
October 1, 2013

The first edition of 'Doing Qualitative Research Differently' was recommended to students on the social psychology module, particularly in relation to lectures focusing on psychosocial approaches. Having read this new edition, I will be asking the library to order copies for the next academic year as there are useful reflections on the earlier edition and direct responses to critiques levied against the FANI method; which I drew from extensively in the end of semester lectures. This is a fantastic resource for lecturers and students and I would highly recommend this second edition.

Dr Dawn Mannay
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
May 15, 2013

Provides another way of looking at research for those for whom more traditional ways of viewing social science, and in particular issues in education, just doesn't provide the full answer.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 27, 2013

Essential for those undertaking a major independent study or dissertation

Mrs Chelle Davison
Education , Leeds Metropolitan University
March 17, 2013

This book seems really what I have ben looking for for this part of the UG curriculum.
Thank you for sending it to me

Ms Anne-Marie Hassenkamp
School of Physiotherapy / Faculty for Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
March 4, 2013

This book additionally addresses the narrative research and explores feminist approaches in relation to interviews. The rationale provided for avoidance of a ‘why’ question in qualitative research is clearly presented. The book covers the research arguments within the context of psychosocial research and gives examples of debates from research in the area, thus situating the book within a holistic framework approach.

Ms Emma Etuk
St Bart's Schl of Nursing & Midwifery, City University
February 6, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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