Context and Method in Qualitative Research

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Gale Miller, Robert Dingwall
SAGE, 11.06.1997 - 240 Seiten
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A critical examination of the principles and practice of qualitative research is provided in this book which examines the interplay between context and method, making it invaluable for both the experienced and the beginning researcher.

A range of methodological and practical issues central to the concerns of qualitative researchers are addressed. These include: the validity and plausibility of qualitative methods; the problems encountered using specific techniques in a range of social settings; and the moral issues raised in qualitative research. These themes are related to practical issues which are illustrated by a breadth of examples and in-depth case studies.

The contributors look at the methods and strategies that they have used to study everyday life, and make suggestions to readers on why and how they might conduct their own studies. They raise issues that go beyond `cookbook' discussions of issues such as how to enter social settings, manage the subjects of one's research and ask `good' questions in the process of formulating research strategies. These issues are addressed within the framework of the larger purposes and uses of qualitative research where specific methodological problems are not used as ends in themselves.

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VALIDITY AND CREDIBILITY IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
12
METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
51
Experiences with
66
Using Computers in Strategic Qualitative Research
92
Dramaturgy and Methodology
106
ANALYSING INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
119
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AS A MORAL DISCOURSE
172
an Early Modern
185
the Moral Discourse of Interactionism
198
References
206
Subject index
219
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I work as a freelance sociologist through my company, Dingwall Enterprises, providing consultancy, research and writing. I have a part-time position at Nottingham Trent University and continuing consultancy relationships with the RCUK Horizon Digital Economy Hub and the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). I am currently working on public engagement issues in bioenergy for BBSRC and in transport and climate change on an EPSRC project, and editing Symbolic Interaction for the SSSI. This now has a website with the new publishers, Wiley-Blackwell: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291533-8665

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