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The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field. The first two sections explore the history of the field, ethics and philosophical/theoretical approaches. The next three sections focus on the major methods of qualitative practice as well as newer approaches (such as arts-based research and internet research); area studies often excluded (such as museum studies and disaster studies); and mixed methods and participatory methods (such as community-based research). The next section covers key issues including data analysis, interpretation, writing and assessment. The final section offers a commentary about politics and research and the move towards public scholarship.
Patricia Leavy, PhD, is a leading researcher, acclaimed author and public speaker. She has published a dozen non-fiction books including the best-seller Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies, Fiction asResearch Practice and Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research as well as two academic novels, American Circumstance and Low-Fat Love. She is the editor for four book series, is frequently called on by the media, has appeared on national television and radio, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. The New England Sociological Association named Leavy the 2010 New England Sociologist of the Year and she has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry and a Special Achievement award by the American Creativity Association.
Table of Contents
Preface Patricia Leavy
1. Introduction Patricia Leavy
Part One: The Qualitative Tradition
2. Historical Overview of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences Svend Brinkmann, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, and Søren Kristiansen
3. The History of Historical-Comparative Methods in Sociology Chares Demetriou and Victor Roudometof
4. The Centrality of Ethics in Qualitative Research Anna Traianou
Part Two: Approaches to Qualitative Research
5. Philosophical Approaches to Qualitative Research Renée Spencer, Julia M. Pryce, and Jill Walsh
6. Applied Interpretive Approaches Sally E. Thorne
7. The Grounded Theory Method Antony Bryant
8. Feminist Qualitative Research: Toward Transformation of Science and Society Maureen C. McHugh
9. Critical Approaches to Qualitative Research Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Peter Chua, and Dana Collins
10. Decolonizing Research Practice: Indigenous Methodologies, Aboriginal Methods, and Knowledge/Knowing Mike Evans, Adrian Miller, Peter Hutchinson, and Carlene Dingwall
Part Three: Narrative Inquiry, Field Research, and Interview Methods
11. Practicing Narrative Inquiry Arthur P. Bochner and Nicholas A. Riggs
12. Ethnography Anthony Kwame Harrison
13. The Purposes, Practices, and Principles of Autoethnographic Research Carolyn Ellis and Tony E. Adams
14. Unstructured and Semi-Structured Interviewing Svend Brinkmann
15. Oral History Interviewing: Issues and Possibilities Valerie J. Janesick
16. Focus Group Research: Retrospect and Prospect George Kamberelis and Greg Dimitriadis
17. Museum Studies Erica L. Tucker
Part Four: Text, Arts-Based, and Internet Methods
18. Content Analysis Lindsay Prior
19. Photography as a Research Method Gunilla Holm
20. Arts-Based Research Practice: Merging Social Research and the Creative Arts Gioia Chilton and Patricia Leavy