Written in a lively, accessible style, this step-by-step guide provides answers to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. David Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methodologies to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues, such as: defining 'originality' and narrowing down a topic; keeping a research diary and writing a research report; and presenting research to different audiences.
Packed with case studies and examples of students' experiences, the book has many features to aid study, including overviews, summaries of key skills and a glossary of terms. Each stage in the research process is grounded
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About the Author
David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a Ph D on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970. Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997). He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful Ph D students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. David regularly runs qualitative research workshops for five universities in Sydney and Brisbane. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Since 2000, he has done voluntary work with people with dementia. resident in an old people’s home Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.
Amir B. Marvasti is Associate Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona. His research focuses on the social construction of deviant identities in everyday life. He is the author of Being Homeless: Textual and Narrative Constructions (Lexington Books 2003), Qualitative Research in Sociology (Sage 2003), Middle Eastern Lives in America (with Karyn Mc Kinney, Rowman and Littlefield 2004), and Doing Qualitative Research: A Comprehensive Guide (with David Silverman, Sage 2008). His articles have been published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Inquiry, Symbolic Interaction, and Critical Sociology.
Table of Contents
THE CONTEXTWhat Is Qualitative Research?The Research Experience IThe Research Experience IIWhat Counts as 'Originality'?STARTING OUTSelecting a TopicTheory in Qualitative ResearchChoosing a MethodologySelecting a CaseWriting a Research ProposalANALYSING YOUR DATABeginning Data AnalysisDeveloping Data AnalysisUsing Computers To Analyse Qualitative Data ( by Clive Seale )Validity and ReliabilityKEEPING IN TOUCHKeeping a RecordRelations in the FieldGetting FeedbackWRITING UPThe First Few PagesThe Literature Review ChapterThe Methodology ChapterWriting Your Data ChaptersThe Final ChapterTHE AFTERMATHSurviving an Oral ExaminationGetting PublishedAudiencesFinding a JobEPILOGUEThe Contested Character of Qualitative Research