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Qualitative Research in Action

Qualitative Research in Action

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Tim May - Cardiff University, UK, University of Sheffield, UK, University of Salford, UK

March 2002 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This exciting new book brings together contributions from world-leading scholars as well as younger researchers and focuses on cutting-edge issues related to the practice of qualitative research in the field. It provides a forum for contributors to discuss the issues and processes which inform qualitative research in its various forms as based on fieldwork experiences.

In achieving this in an accessible manner to both practicing students and researchers, it seeks to enable a dialogue over ideas and provide the reader with a "state of the art" overview of the topic from a contemporary perspective.

Rather than being a "how to do" book, this volume should prove vitally useful for advanced students and researchers who wish to engage with those ideas and practices in terms of their applicability for an understanding and explanation of the place of qualitative research in the social sciences. It is also a forum in which leading scholars make an original contribution to the subject.

Lively and highly readable throughout, Qualitative Research in Action will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and above in a variety of disciplines, as well as researchers who wish to engage with contemporary ideas and practices in relation to qualitative research.
Transformation in Principles and Practice

Dorothy E Smith
Institutional Ethnography
Sam Porter
Critical Realist Ethnography
Peter K Manning
Framing the Rational in Fieldwork
Christian Heath and Jon Hindmarsh
Analysing Interaction
Video, Ethnography and Situated Conduct

Malcolm Williams
Generalization in Interpretive Research
Mart[ac]in S[ac]anchez-Jankowski
Representation, Responsibilty and Reliability in Participant-Observation
Nigel G Fielding
Automating the Ineffable
Qualitative Software and the Meaning of Qualitative Research

Valeria Walkerdine, Helen Lucey and June Melody
Subjectivity and Qualitative Method
Kathleen Gerson and Ruth Horowitz
Observation and Interviewing
Options and Choices in Qualitative Research

Jennifer Mason
Qualitative Interviewing
Asking, Listening and Interpreting

Steph Lawler
Narrative in Social Research
Linda McKie
Engagement and Evaluation in Qualitative Inquiry
Lynne Haney
Negotiating Power and Expertise in the Field
Tracey Reynolds
On Relations between Black Female Researcher and Participants
Amanda Coffey
Ethnography and the Self
Reflections and Representations

Lisa Adkins
Reflexivity and the Politics of Qualitative Research
Beverley Skeggs
Techniques for Telling the Reflexive Self
Sherryl Kleinman
Emotions, Fieldwork and Professional Lives

"Fortunately, this is not another how-to qualitative research text. Rather, it is a collection of innovative essays that will interest qualitative researchers eager to relate theory to methodological practice… the overall scope and caliber of this work make it an important contribution to the literature on qualitative research"


A very insightful reader that touches on all aspects of qualitative research and dilemmas that arise conducting qualitative inquiry. An essential read for those who are engaged in qualitative research and those who want to dwell on possibilities and limitations of qualitative research in practise

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
December 18, 2014

excellent critical perspectives, broad range of relevant topics

Dr Ilona Buchroth
Social Science , Sunderland University
September 30, 2009

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