In a focused and concise primer, Will C. van den Hoonaard's Working with Sensitizing Concepts reacquaints researchers with one of the most venerable yet basic tools of their discipline. Originating with Herbert Blumer in the 1950s, a sensitizing concept uses the language and expression from the research participant's perspective and sensitizes the researcher to more fruitful lines of inquiry. The author presents the history as well as the practical applications for using the sensitizing concepts technique. By using this book, the latest in the Qualitative Research Methods series, the novice researcher can start developing research questions and writing up the research by drawing proper generalizations. Will C. van den Hoonaard's Working with Sensitizing Concepts is the perfect volume for students and professionals in research methods, sociology, education, nursing, and communication.
Background and History
Taking Distance from the Data
Constructing Sensitizing Concepts
Theoretical and Analytical Implications