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Context and Method in Qualitative Research
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Context and Method in Qualitative Research

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August 1997 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Providing a critical examination of the principles and practice of qualitative research and the interplay between context and method, Context & Method in Qualitative Research addresses methodological and practical issues central to the concerns of qualitative researchers: • The validity and credibility of qualitative methods • The problems encountered using specific techniques in a range of social settings • The discussion of moral issues raised in qualitative research Leading international researchers from North America, the United Kingdom, and France focus on the thoughtful, project-like character of high-quality qualitative research. They reflect on their experiences and on the methods and strategies they have used to study everyday life, also making practical suggestions to readers on why and how they conducted their own studies. These all-star contributors go beyond "cookbook-like" discussions on subjects such as how to enter social settings, manage one's research subjects, and ask good questions while formulating research strategies. Context & Method in Qualitative Research is a coherent, wide-ranging, and practical collection that will be an invaluable resource for both the experienced and beginning researcher, practitioner, and student of qualitative research.

Gale Miller
Introduction
Context and Method in Qualitative Research

 
 
PART ONE: VALIDITY AND PLAUSIBILITY IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
David Silverman
The Logics of Qualitative Research
Kath M Melia
Producing `Plausible Stories'
Interviewing Student Nurses

 
Michael Bloor
Techniques of Validation in Qualitative Research
A Critical Commentary

 
 
PART TWO: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Robert Dingwall
Accounts, Interviews and Observations
Isobel Bowler
Problems with Interviewing
Experiences with Service Providers and Clients

 
Gale Miller
Contextualizing Texts
Studying Organizational Texts

 
Tom Durkin
Using Computers in Strategic Qualitative Research
Scott A Hunt and Robert D Benford
Dramaturgy and Methodology
Research Techniques from a Theatrical Perspective

 
 
PART THREE: ANALYZING INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Emmanuel Lazega
Network Analysis and Qualitative Research
A Method of Contextualization

 
Robert Dingwall and P M Strong
The Interactional Study of Organizations
A Critique and Reformulation

 
Gale Miller
Toward Ethnographies of Institutional Discourse
Proposal and Suggestions

 
 
PART FOUR: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AS A MORAL DISCOURSE
David L Altheide and John M Johnson
Ethnography and Justice
P M Strong
One Branch of Moral Science
An Early Modern Approach to Public Policy

 
Robert Dingwall
Conclusion
The Moral Discourse of Interactionism

 

`A coherent collection combining theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of qualitative research. Those who are grappling with the many challenges of social research, whether experienced or beginners, will find this book an invaluable resource' - Journal of Advanced Nursing

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