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The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology

Second Edition
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July 2017 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology.

Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections:

Section One: Methods
Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques
Section Three: Applications

In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.

Wendy Stainton-Rogers and Carla Willig
Gareth Terry, Nikki Hayfield, Victoria Clarke & Virginia Braun
2. Thematic Analysis
Christine Griffin and Andrew Bengry-Howell
3. Ethnography
Carolyn Kagan, Mark Burton and Asiya Siddiquee
4. Action Research
Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger
5. Conversation Analysis
Sally Wiggins and Jonathan Potter
6. Discursive Psychology
Michael Arribas-Ayllon and Valerie Walkerdine
7. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Stephen Frosh and Lisa Saville Young
8. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Qualitative Psychology
Niamh Stephenson and Susan Kippax
9. Memory Work
David Hiles, Ivo Cermák and Vladimír Chrz
10. Narrative Inquiry
Amedeo Giorgi, Barbro Giorgi and James Morley
11. The Descriptive Phenomenological Psychological Method
Virginia Eatough and Jonathan A. Smith
12. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Paul Stenner, Simon Watts and Marcia Worrell
13. Q Methodology
Kathy Charmaz and Karen Henwood
14. Grounded Theory Methods for Qualitative Psychology
Svend Brinkmann and Steinar Kvale
15. Ethics in Qualitative Psychological Research
Carla Willig
16. Interpretation in Qualitative Research
Mary Gergen
17. Qualitative Methods in Feminist Psychology
Catriona Macleod, Sunil Bhatia and Shose Kessi
18. Postcolonialism and Psychology: growing interest and promising potential
Adele V. Malpert, Sarah V. Suiter, Natalie M. Kivell, Douglas D. Perkins, Kimberly Bess, Scotney D. Evans, Carrie E. Hanlin, Patricia Conway, Diana McCown, and Isaac Prilleltensky
19. Community Psychology
Uwe Flick and Juliet Foster
20. Social Representations
Paula Reavey and Katherine Johnson
21. Visual Approaches: Using and Interpreting Images
Robert Kozinets
22. Netnography: Radical Participative Understanding for a Networked Communications Society
Sarah L. Bulloch, Christina Silver and Nigel Fielding
23. Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research: exemplars, developments and challenges
Lucy Yardley and Felicity L Bishop
24. Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: A Pragmatic Approach
Steven D. Brown and Abigail Locke
25. Social Psychology
Kerry Chamberlain and Michael Murray
26. Health Psychology
Erica Burman
27. Developmental Psychology
David Harper
28. Clinical Psychology
Joseph G. Ponterotto, Jennie Park-Taylor, and Eric C. Chen
29. Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: History, Methods, Ethics, and Impact
Elena Doldor, Jo Silvester and Doyin Atewologun
30. Qualitative Methods in Organizational Psychology
Peter Banister
31. Forensic Psychology
Leslie Swartz and Poul Rohleder
32. Cultural Psychology
Thomas C. Ormerod and Linden J. Ball
33. Cognitive Psychology
Wendy Stainton-Rogers and Carla Willig
34. Review and Prospect

The second edition of the SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research is an extraordinary compendium of the central current issues in qualitative research in psychology. Capturing the diversity and plurality of qualitative methods of investigation, this updated handbook also considers matters such as ethics and reflexivity shared across methods. Newly revised to include recent work in the burgeoning field of qualitative inquiry, it will be an essential companion for both new and experienced qualitative researchers.  Qualitative researchers in psychology owe a debt of gratitude to these editors for pulling this together. 

Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, USA

This is a very welcome and timely second edition of the highly-regarded SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. In the nine years since it was first published in 2008, qualitative research in psychology has flourished into a rich, diverse and vibrant field.  As the Editors of this Handbook note, there is a sense of sophistication that has evolved throughout these recent developments. There is also an increased confidence that can be seen across this updated Handbook, from the editors’ valuable framing of the field at the start through to the revised chapters and the inclusion of three new chapters. Notable additions to the Handbook include a chapter devoted to interpretation issues in qualitative research, new approaches to thematic analysis, developments and progress around metasynthesis, netnography and the implications of rapidly developing information and communication technologies for qualitative research. 

This Handbook will be highly valuable for a range of audiences, including for students in psychology and other social science disciplines, but also for academics, practitioners and activists (and indeed essential reading for many). It provides a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-play in qualitative research in psychology, covers a range of diverse methodologies, outlines key approaches and perspectives, and describes applications to specific subfields of psychology.  It doesn’t shy away from the many big questions, tensions, complexities and debates that are involved in qualitative research, including the range of positions and approaches that exist regarding epistemology, ethics and politics, and the varying priorities that different people bring to research. Rather it engages with these issues directly and in an accessible and welcoming manner, ensuring this Handbook will function as the clear and reliable guide for both novices and experienced researchers.  In this sense it is highly successful in meeting its purpose to “help its readers to gain a sense of the territory and to enable them to make well-informed methodological theoretical and ideological choices” (Stainton Rogers & Willig, p4).

Antonia Lyons
Professor of Psychology School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington New Zealand

The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology is comprehensive and bold, celebrating the wide range of methods, approaches, perspectives and applications among qualitative research in psychology.  Written by leading psychologists, this handbook covers what are now well established qualitative methods while considering methodological changes required by contemporary developments, such as social media and the routine recording of people at work, blurring the distinctions between public and private and research and everyday practice.

Peter Branney
Chair, Qualitative Methods in Psychology section, British Psychological Society; Psychology, Leeds Beckett University, UK

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