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The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design

Two Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany

March 2022 | 1 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Qualitative research design is continually evolving. It is not only more established in disciplines beyond the traditional social sciences in which it is a standard choice, but also just as impacted by the changes in what data, technologies, and approaches researchers are using. This Handbook takes readers through the foundational theories, functions, strategies, and approaches to qualitative research design, before showcasing how it negotiates different data and research environments and produces credible, actionable impact beyond the study.

Containing contributions from over 90 top scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this Handbook is not just an anthology of different qualitative research designs and how/when to use them; it is a complete exploration of how and why these designs are shaped and how, why, and into what they are evolving. This is a valuable resource for Master’s and PhD level students, faculty members, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines such as health, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and education.

Volume One:

Part I: Concepts of Designing Designs in Qualitative Research
Part 2: Theories and Epistemological Contexts of Designing Qualitative Research
Part 3: Elements of Designing Qualitative Research
Part 4: Basic Designs and Research Strategies in Qualitative Research
Part 5: Mixing Methods in Designing Qualitative Research

Volume Two:
Part 6: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Kinds of Data
Part 7: Designing Qualitative Online and Multimodal Research
Part 8: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Groups and Areas
Part 9: Designing Qualitative Research in Disciplinary Fields
Part 10: Designing Qualitative Research for Impact

Volume 1: Basics of Designing Qualitative Research: Concepts, Theories, and Elements

Uwe Flick
Chapter 1: Setting the Agenda - Roles of Design(ing) in Qualitative Research
Part 1: Concepts of Designing Designs in Qualitative Research
Uwe Flick
Part 1 Introduction
Mats Alvesson, Jörgen Sandberg, and Katja Einola
Chapter 2: Reflexive Design in Qualitative Research
Joseph A. Maxwell
Chapter 3: Interactive Approaches to Qualitative Research Design
Martyn Hammersley
Chapter 4: Emergent Design
Karen M. Staller & Yun Chen
Chapter 5: Choosing a Research Design for Qualitative Research - A Ferris Wheel of Approaches
Part 2: Theories and Epistemological Contexts of Designing Qualitative Research
Uwe Flick
Part 2 Introduction
Jonathan Potter & Jessica Robles
Chapter 6: Constructionism and Qualitative Research Design
Thomas S. Eberle
Chapter 7: Phenomenology: Alfred Schutz’s Structures of the Life-world and their Implications
John Law & Wen-yuan Lin
Chapter 8: Care-ful Research: Sensibilities from STS
Joseph A. Maxwell
Chapter 9: Critical Realism as a Stance for Designing Qualitative Research
Mirka Koro, David Lee Carlson, Marina Basu, & Keti Tsotniashuili
Chapter 10: Ontologies of Relation and Difference in "Research designs"
Alexandra J Hawkey & Jane M Ussher
Chapter 11: Feminist Research: Inequality, Social Change and Intersectionality
Tommaso M. Milani & Rodrigo Borba
Chapter 12: Queer(ing) Methodologies
Helen Moewaka Barnes & Tim McCreanor
Chapter 13: Decolonising Qualitative Research Design
Bagele Chilisa & Keneilwe Phatshwane
Chapter 14: Qualitative Research within a Post-colonial Indigenous Paradigm
Part 3: Elements of Designing Qualitative Research
Uwe Flick
Part 3 Introduction
Robert Thornberg
Chapter 15: Abduction as a Guiding Principle in Qualitative Research Design
Tim Rapley
Chapter 16: Developing Research Questions: The Social Lives of Ideas, Interests and Questions
Michael Meyer & Wolfgang Mayrhofer
Chapter 17: Selecting a Sample
Amarante Swift
Chapter 18: Creative with Resources in Qualitative Research
Susanne Friese
Chapter 19: Role and Impact of CAQDAS Software for Designs in Qualitative Research
Joseph A. Maxwell
Chapter 20: Generalization as an Issue for Qualitative Research Design
Julianne Cheek
Chapter 21: The Impact of Funding on Ways Qualitative Research is Thought About and Designed
Gaile S. Cannella
Chapter 22: Ethical Entanglements: Conceptualizing "Research Purposes/Design In the Contemporary Political World"
Janice M. Morse
Chapter 23: The Fallacy of Rigor: Examining Checklist Criteria as an Indicator of Quality
Part 4: Basic Designs and Research Strategies in Qualitative Research
Uwe Flick
Part 4 Introduction
Malcolm Tight
Chapter 24: Designing Case Studies
Karen Henwood & Fiona Shirani
Chapter 25: Qualitative Longitudinal Design: Time, Change, Interpretive Practices
Carolin Demuth & Alessandra Fasulo
Chapter 26: Qualitative Research Design across Different Cultural Communities
Robert Thornberg & Elaine Keane
Chapter 27: Designing Grounded Theory Studies
Marie Buscatto
Chapter 28: Designing Ethnographies
Jonathan Potter & Alexa Hepburn
Chapter 29: Designing Research for Naturally Occurring Data
Elliott M. Hoey
Chapter 30: Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
Briege Casey & Michael Murray
Chapter 31: Arts-based Research in the Social Sciences
Louise Corti
Chapter 32: Secondary Qualitative Data Analysis
Ladislav Timulak & Mary Creaner
Chapter 33: Meta-analysis in Qualitative Research: A Descriptive-Interpretative Approach
Part 5: Mixing Methods in Designing Qualitative Research
Uwe Flick
Part 5 Introduction
Kerry Chamberlain
Chapter 34: Pluralisms in Qualitative Research Design
David W. Jones
Chapter 35: Psychosocial Methodologies
Pat Bazeley
Chapter 36: Designing for Multimodal Data and Mixed Methods within a Qualitative Framework
Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Chapter 37: Mixed Methods Research Designs in Qualitatively-driven Research
Julianne Cheek & Janice M. Morse
Chapter 38: The Power of Qualitative Research in Mixed Methods Research Designs
Uwe Flick
Chapter 39: Revitalizing Triangulation as a Framework for Designing Multi-perspective Qualitative Research
Volume 2: Practices of Designing Qualitative Research: Data, Fields and Impact

Part 6: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Kinds of Data
Uwe Flick
Part 6 Introduction
Kathryn Roulston & Sean N. Halpin
Chapter 40: Designing Qualitative Research Using Interview Data
Sabine Caillaud, Nikos Kalampalikis, & Marjolaine Doumergue
Chapter 41: Designing Focus Groups
Asta Rau & Jan K. Coetzee
Chapter 42: Designing for Narratives and Stories
David Wästerfors
Chapter 43: Designing for Observation
Katherine Johnson & Paula Reavey
Chapter 44: Designing Qualitative Research for Working with Visual Data: Insights from Psychology
Lorenza Mondada
Chapter 45: Working with Video Data
Katarina Jacobsson
Chapter 46: Designing for the Ethnographic Study of Documents
Sophie Woodward
Chapter 47: Designing Qualitative Research Using 'Material Methods' - Researching with Objects/Things
Polina Mesinioti, Jo Angouri, & Chris Turner
Chapter 48: A Language-First Approach to Health Research; Sociolinguistic Ethnography in Hospital Settings
Part 7: Designing Qualitative Online and Multimodal Research
Uwe Flick
Part 7 Introduction
JoAnne Meredith, Emma Richardson, Alexandra Kent, & K.M. Budds
Chapter 49: Designing Qualitative Research Using online Newspaper Comments
Roser Beneito-Montagut
Chapter 50: Digital and no Digital: Researching Digital Practices as Trans-situated Activities in Everyday Later Life
Uta Russmann
Chapter 51: Designing Qualitative Research for Working with Facebook Data
Salomi Boukala & Dimitris Serafis
Chapter 52: A Facebook Discourse-oriented Ethnography of Greek Jewish Heritage
Samuel Bennett
Chapter 53: Designing Qualitative Discourse Analysis Research with Twitter
Elena Wilson & Nicole Johnson
Chapter 54: Designing Qualitative Research for Working with Blogs as Data
Kerry Chamberlain & Meghan Lynch
Chapter 55: Designing Qualitative Research with Instagram
Mike Thelwall
Chapter 56: Designing Qualitative Research for Working with Social Media 'Big' Datasets
Part 8: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Groups and Areas
Uwe Flick
Part 8 Introduction
Irina Catrinel Cracium
Chapter 57: Designing Qualitative Research with the Elderly
Bronwyn Davies
Chapter 58: Designing Qualitative Research with Children
Michael D. Giardina & Michele K. Donnelly
Chapter 59: Physical Culture and Embodied Ethnography
Kerry Chamberlain & Darrin Hodgetts
Chapter 60: Challenges in Designing Qualitative Research when Working with and for Hard-to-Reach Groups
Jo Angouri, Polina Mesinioti, Rumaisa Banatwalla, & Georgios K Dimitriadis
Chapter 61: Intersecting Identities in Health Care Research
Amelie Kutter & Federico Masson
Chapter 62: Researching Institutions after the Discursive Turn
John L. Adamson
Chapter 63: Designing Qualitative Research for Studies in Asia: Decentering Research Practices for Local Norms of Relevance
Nicolás Schöngut-Grollmus & María-Alejandra Energici
Chapter 64: Designing Qualitative Research for Studies in Latin America
Part 9: Designing Qualitative Research in Disciplinary Fields
Uwe Flick
Part 9 Introduction
Massimiliano Tarozzi
Chapter 65: Designing Qualitative Research for Studies in Education
Jane F. Gilgun
Chapter 66: Designing Qualitative Social Work Research
Sarah Riley & Kerry Chamberlain
Chapter 67: Designing Qualitative Research in Psychology
Sally Thorne
Chapter 68: Unpacking Nursing's Epistemological Foundations as a Basis for Applied Qualitative Design
Hilary Stace, Kirsten Smiler, and Martin Sullivan
Chapter 69: Designing Qualitative Research for Disability Rights Approaches
Part 10: Designing Qualitative Research for Impact
Uwe Flick
Part 10 Introduction
Michael Patton
Chapter 70: Impact-Driven Qualitative Research and Evaluation
Sally Thorne
Chapter 71: Reclaiming Qualitative Design for the Applied Disciplines
Donna M. Mertens
Chapter 72: Designing Qualitative and Mixed Methods Evaluations for Transformative Impact
Fiona Cram
Chapter 73: Designing Indigenous Qualitative Research for Policy Implementation
Uwe Flick
Chapter 74: Diversity, Ethics, and Transparency as Continuing Challenges in Designing Qualitative Research

This Handbook will prove invaluable to all researchers specialising in qualitative research in its many forms. An extraordinarily rich combination of authors and approaches, it provides timely consideration of multiple angles of research design. It is an exciting, insightful and important collection, offering both a highly contemporary reflection on qualitative research whilst also encouraging and ensuring its continued development.

Professor Juliet Foster
Dean of Education, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

As discussions on designing qualitative studies are both rare and important, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design is a valuable contribution, especially for those of us who still grapple, not only with how to generate empirical material but also with issues on which participants, situations, and precise methods we use. Do we need cases, comparisons, snapshots, longitudinal or retrospective studies? If the ideal design is not possible for our research aims, how do we use our creativity in making do with what is achievable? With its many perspectives and a myriad of methods, this volume will become a rich and essential resource for both researchers and students.

Malin Åkerström,
Professor Emirata, Sociology, Lund University

Qualitative research design is a difficult issue, since the idea of a meticulously planned and tailored research plan seems to run counter basic ideas of openness and flexibility which form hallmarks of qualitative research. Researchers interested in competent advice regarding the development of qualitative research designs thus could only draw on a limited number of older monographs and articles until most recently. Consequently, this new Handbook fills an important gap: with contributions from experienced researchers from a wide range of disciplines and local areas, it addresses design issues from various angles - for specific qualitative and mixed methods, specific data, online research, disciplinary contexts and epistemological perspectives.

Udo Kelle
Professor, Helmut Schmidt University

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