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Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research
Recipient of a 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA)

Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research
, by Jennifer Esposito and Venus Evans-Winters, introduces students and new researchers to the basic aspects of qualitative research including research design, data collection, and analysis, in a way that allows intersectional concerns to be infused throughout the research process. Esposito and Evans-Winters infuse their combined forty years of experience conducting and teaching intersectional qualitative research in this landmark book, the first of its kind to address intersectionality and qualitative research jointly for audiences new to both. The book’s premise is that race and gender matter, and that racism and sexism are institutionalized in all aspects of life, including research. Each chapter opens with a vignette about a struggling researcher emphasizing that reflecting on your mistakes is an important part of learning. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help instructors generate dialogue in class or in groups. Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research makes those identities and structures central to the task of qualitative study.

About the Authors
Chapter 1 (R)evolution of Qualitative Inquiry
Introduction to Intersectionality

Evolution of Qualitative Research

Centering Intersectionality in Qualitative Inquiry

Decolonizing Methodologies

Intersectionality and Identity Politics

Intersectionality in Qualitative Research

Intersectional Research

How to Read This Book

Discussion Questions

Chapter 2 Theoretical Underpinnings of Qualitative Research




Critical Qualitative Research


Discussion Questions

Recommended Readings

Chapter 3 The Ethics of Intersectionality
Human Experimentation

Nuremberg Code and Belmont Report

Institutional Review Boards


Discussion Questions

Chapter 4 Methodology

A Note About Methodological Choices

Research Design

Putting It All Together


Discussion Questions

Chapter 5 Data Collection Methods
Framing the Dialogue on Data Collection


Focus Groups


Document Analysis

Other Data Collection Methods


Discussion Questions

Chapter 6 Data Analysis, Part 1
Data Management

Starting Data Analysis


Moving from Codes to Themes

Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)


Discussion Questions

Chapter 7 Data Analysis, Part 2
Theorizing Data


Methods of Analysis

Subjectivity Statements

Getting It Right


Discussion Questions

Chapter 8 Authorial Voice: Intersectional Conversations
Writing Rituals

Voice in Qualitative Inquiry

The Literature Review and Voice

The Research Proposal

Introduction to the Study

The Literature Review

Writing Up Your Findings


Discussion Questions

Chapter 9 The Reimagining and Possibilities of Qualitative Inquiry

Other text already adopted were more applicability to the student population.

Dr Juanita T. Norton
School Of Nursing, Univ Of Texas Medical Branch
December 2, 2022

I was currently looking for a research methods book for my Ethnic Studies research seminar and instead of assigning multiple books, this introduction edition has it all in one place. I will be assigning it in my class. I see the books unique contribution to not only social science courses but Ethnic Studies courses.

Professor Rafael Solorzano
Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, California St Univ-Los Angeles
July 28, 2021

Ultimately I decided not to adopt this text for my class. However, it is very well written and very well executed, and I will be adopting for a future course I'm designing. It is just not appropriate for an introductory qualitative research course -- I was being a bit too ambitious with my goals.

Dr Anthony Peddle
Education, University Of Dayton
September 22, 2022

The book gives a very comprehensive view into qualitative research for the students who are taking a critical approach and feminist research

Ms Amina Chitembo
Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University
September 2, 2021
Key features


  • Written for students and researchers new to qualitative research
  • Each chapter features a chapter-opening vignette, showing a researcher struggling with a particular aspect of intersectional qualitative research
  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help instructors and students generate meaningful dialogue around key topics in research
  • Examples of intersectionality in qualitative research help students think deeply about intersectional concerns within the research process

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