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Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences



© 2014 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Focusing on the integral role of the researcher, Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences uses a conversational writing style that draws readers into the excitement of the research process. Lichtman offers a balanced and nuanced approach, covering the full range of qualitative methodologies and viewpoints about the field, including coverage of social media as a tool to facilitate research or as a venue for study. After presenting theoretical concepts and a historical overview, Lichtman guides readers, step by step, through the research process, addressing issues of analyzing data, presenting completed research, and evaluating research. Real-world examples from across the social sciences provide both practical and theoretical information, helping readers understand abstract ideas and apply them to their own research.
 
PART I. CONCEPTUAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
 
Chapter 2. Qualitative Research—A Reflexive Stance
 
Chapter 3. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 4. Conceptualizing Research Approaches
 
Chapter 5. A Detailed Examination of Common Approaches
 
Chapter 6. A Review of Additional Research Approaches
 
PART II. THE QUALITATIVE RESEARCH PROCESS
 
Chapter 7. Planning and Conceptualizing a Qualitative Research Study
 
Chapter 8. Social Media, the Internet, and Technology
 
Chapter 9. A Review of Research Literature
 
Chapter 10. Interviewing
 
Chapter 11. Additional Methods of Gathering Data
 
PART III. THE FINAL PRODUCT
 
Chapter 12. Drawing Meaning from the Data
 
Chapter 13. Communicating Your Ideas
 
Chapter 14. Judging the Research Process and Product
 
Epilogue: Social Science and the Future of Qualitative Research
 
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Minnesota State University–Mankato

“This book is a contribution to Qualitative Research. The content is similar to other texts, the writing and approach to delivery of QR is a bit different. The chapter on Social Media is a departure and makes the text attractive...”

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Florida A & M University–Tallahassee

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Helen Potts
University Of North Texas–Denton
Key features
  • The author covers every aspect of the research process in a narrative style that is clear, concise, and conversational in tone.
  • Discussions of newer issues related to studying social cultures (for example, Facebook and other social networking sites), Web 2.0 and 3.0 computing, sharing data using widgets, and globalization make the book student-friendly and timely.
  • Focus Your Reading learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students read with a purpose.
  • Did You Know? sections throughout each chapter highlight important information.
  • Check Yourself sections, discussion questions, activities, and exercises help readers master important skills and concepts.

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