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Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research

Fifth Edition
Edited by:
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College, Visiting Professor Emeritus at Leeds University Business School and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology

December 2020 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written by leaders of qualitative methodology and edited by one of the biggest names in the field, this book provides up-to-date and interdisciplinary insight into a range of qualitative methods. Bringing together different perspectives, contributors discuss theoretical underpinnings of these methods before taking readers through the process of each approach and helping them develop skills needed to carry out this type of research autonomously and with confidence.


Highlights of this new edition include:


  • New chapters on multimethod qualitative research, using digital data and video, and addressing social issues in research.
  • More guidance on how to store and manage data appropriately.
  • Advice on how to publish research in journals.


Full of practical tips, exercises and summaries, this book continues to be a masterclass in qualitative research for students and researchers across the social sciences and beyond.

David Silverman
Chapter 1: Introducing Qualitative Research
Ross Koppel and Joel Telles
Chapter 2: Addressing Social Problems through Qualitative Research
Anne Ryen
Chapter 3: Research Ethics: Between Care and Control
Jody Miller and Barry Glassner
Chapter 4: The `Inside' and the `Outside': Finding Realities in Interviews
James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium
Chapter 5: Interviewing as a form of Narrative Practice
Sue Wilkinson
Chapter 6: Analysing Focus Group Data
Giampietro Gobo and Erika Cellini
Chapter 7 Ethnographic Approaches: Types, Trends and Themes
Thomas Eberle and Christoph Maeder
Chapter 8: Organizational Ethnography
Marie Buscatto
Chapter 9: Practising Reflexivity in Ethnography
Katarina Jacobsson
Chapter 10: Analysing Documents Through Fieldwork
Lindsay Prior
Chapter 11: Using Documents in Social Research
Jonathan Potter
Chapter 12: Discursive Psychology and Naturally Occurring Talk
John Heritage
Chapter 13: Conversation Analysis: Practices and Methods
Joanne Meredith
Chapter 14: Using Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology to Analyse Online Data
Johann W. Unger, Ruth Wodak and Majid Khosravinik
Chapter 15: Critical Discourse Studies and Social Media Data
Susan Danby
Chapter 16: Working with Video and Online Data: From Field Work to Analysis
Michael Emmison
Chapter 17: Visual Research: Issues and Developments
Christian Heath
Chapter 18: Embodied Action: Video and the Analysis of Social Interaction
Tim Rapley
Chapter 19: Some Pragmatics of Qualitative Data Analysis
Nanna Mik-Meyer
Chapter 20: Multimethod Qualitative Research
Kathy Charmaz and Antony Bryant
Chapter 21: Constructing Grounded Theory Analyses
Barbara Czarniawska
Chapter 22: Narrative Approaches to Social Science
Mary Dixon-Woods
Chapter 23: Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies
Libby Bishop
Chapter 24: Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data
Anssi Peräkylä
Chapter 25: Validity in Qualitative Research
Amir Marvasti
Chapter 26: Writing Qualitative Research: Practice, Genre, and Audience

This book of readings provides us with a wealth of varied advice enlightening the researcher about the exciting world of qualitative research. I recommend the book without hesitation.

David Avison
Distinguished Emeritus Professor, ESSEC Business School, Paris.

David Silverman’s Qualitative Research, now in its 5th edition, is a storehouse of readily accessible approaches to doing qualitative research. it combines in depth focus with broad coverage – an essential resource for researchers requiring up to date advice on the latest approaches to this burgeoning field of research and study.

Stewart Clegg
UTS Business School – Management Department

The fifth edition of this advanced reader in qualitative methods has retained and added to its stunning line-up of authors, increasing and updating its breadth and depth to present leading accounts of the fast moving field of social media analysis and the use of video and other visual data, in addition to a wide range of other methods used by qualitative researchers. This book will really help qualitative researchers think through and enhance their practice and I recommend it

Clive Seale
Brunel University

It provided me with ideas for further research in my field based on visual methods, internet communication, ethnography, and focus groups.

Izhar Oplatka
Tel Aviv University

Accessible, informative, extensive topic coverage

Dr Zoey Spendlove
Academic Div. of Midwifery (City Hospital), Nottingham University
July 6, 2021

An excellent resource

Dr Michaela Davis
School of Medicine & Medical Science, University College Dublin
July 9, 2021

Well thought out chapters. I feel like this is a book version of a research supervisor for qualitative research!

Ms Louise Morby
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
July 5, 2021

I dont like electronic books and many students do not either. However I do like David Silvermans work and for students who can work with electronic books I think this is a highly recommendable text

Professor Angela Kydd
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
July 8, 2021

Key updates in new edition


1.       Chapter on Mixed Methods Research

2.       More advice on data management 

3.       Chapter on digital data and video
4.       Guidance on publishing in journals