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Composing Qualitative Research

Second Edition


August 2006 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Organized around an extended metaphor of "story," this book provides both theoretical and practical guidance for students and researchers who need to transform their qualitative data into a coherent manuscript (essay, dissertation, article for publication, professional writing, etc.). Each chapter covers a different aspect of creating a story: finding the intended audience, crafting and developing the storyline, characterizing the storyteller, and rewriting the story for publication. Composing Qualitative Research is highly recommended for professionals and students across the social sciences and management.

Key Features:
  •  Now expanded, Chapter 5 takes an extensive look at manuscripts prior to publication.
  • The text offers useful strategies for addressing the writing issues that researchers face when shepherding a manuscript from invention to publication.
  • The book includes real-world examples drawn from many disciplines and publications to demonstrate styles, concepts, challenges, and potential outcomes from writing qualitative research.
  • The work features an expanded list of additional reference materials (online guides included).  

 
Introduction
Writing about Writing

 
Writing our Fieldwork

 
Focus on “Story”

 
Organization of Chapters

 
 
The Style and Practice of Our Academic Writing
The Predominant Style of Academic Writing: Unadorned and Disembodied

 
Experiencing the Practice of Academic Writing

 
The Style and Practice of Academic Writing: Interested and Persuasive Discourse

 
Our Writing Task

 
 
Crafting a Theorized Storyline
Establishing Theorized Storylines

 
 
Developing the Theorized Storyline
Compelling Beginnings

 
Novel Use of Methodology

 
Data-Theory Coupling

 
Storylines with Field and Theory Complications

 
 
Characterizing the Storyteller
Storyteller in the Guise of Institutional and Human Scientist

 
Institutional and Human Storyteller in Relationship to the Studied

 
Institutional and Human Portrayals as Technically Competent Storyteller

 
Institutional and Human Scientist as Field Knowledgeable Storyteller

 
 
Re-Writing the Story
Re-writing the Manuscript Prior to Journal Review

 
Re-writing the Manuscript During the Journal Review Process

 
Re-writing the Articulated Theorized Storylines

 
Reflections on the Re-Written Manuscripts

 
Conclusion

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
Appendix: Articles Used as Illustrations
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"For professionals and students in the social sciences and management, Golden-Biddle and Locke explain how to transform field work experience of qualitative research into journal articles."

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Book News

The book has interesting ideas about how to write down the reports generated from qualitative research but I will not adopt this for my method course since I need to have a book that explains first the main research methods.

Dr MOHAMMAD HOSEIN REZAZADE MEHRIZI
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Free Univ., Amsterdam
January 16, 2015

The book is very suitable for doctoral students and other academics. Parts of it can be potentially useful for students writing their Master thesis using qualitative research methods.

Mr Roel Boomsma
Amsterdam Business Sch Research Inst, University of Amsterdam
February 19, 2013

Useful reference on how to actually write up the results of qualitative research

Dr Kalpana Shankar
School of Info. & Library Studies SILS, University College Dublin
December 22, 2011

A fantastic resource for doctoral students and academics alike. Highly informative and very readable.

Dr Alexandra Bristow
School of Management, Surrey University
June 10, 2011

Some valuable advice and examples for students considering a qualitative research project

Dr John McCarthy
Management , University of Limerick
May 30, 2011

Although aimed primarily at the process of writing for journal articles, the content is transferable to the process of writing a doctoral thesis. Chapter Two and the discussion on identifying a gap in the present literature is particularly useful.

Dr Sandra Corlett
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
September 18, 2010

Excellent book for advanced doc students

Anna Wilson
Education Dept, Chapman University - Orange
October 26, 2009
Key features
  • Now expanded, Chapter 5 takes an extensive look at manuscripts prior to publication.
  • The text offers useful strategies for addressing the writing issues that researchers face when shepherding a manuscript from invention to publication.
  • The book includes real-world examples drawn from many disciplines and publications to demonstrate styles, concepts, challenges, and potential outcomes from writing qualitative research.
  • The work features an expanded list of additional reference materials (online guides included).  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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