Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction

Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction

by David Silverman

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This a much expanded and updated version of David Silverman's best-selling introductory textbook for the beginning qualitative researcher.

Features of the New Edition:

  • Takes account of the flood of qualitative work since the 1990s
  • All chapters have been substantially rewritten with the aim of greater clarity
  • A new chapter on Visual Images and a considerably expanded treatment of discourse analysis are provided
  • The number of student exercises has been considerably increased and are now present at the end of every chapter
  • An even greater degree of student accessibility: Key Points and Recommended Readings appear at the end of each chapter and technical terms are highlighted and appear in a Glossary
  • A more inter-disciplinary social science text which takes account of the growing interest in qualitative research outside sociology and anthropology from psychology to geography, information systems, health promotion, management and many other disciplines
  • Expanded coverage – 50% longer than the First Edition

Interpreting Qualitative Data – New Edition is a companion volume to Silverman's Doing Qualitative Research (Sage, 2000), which is a guide to the business of conducting a research project, together with its accompanying volume of key readings Qualitative Research: Theory Method & Practice, (Sage, 1997), which provides further more focused material that students need before contemplating their own qualitative research study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761968641
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/22/2001
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

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.

Table of Contents

Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
Beginning Research
What Is Qualitative Research?
Ethnography and Observation
Naturally-Occurring Talk
Visual Images
Credible Qualitative Research
Relevance and Ethics
The Potential of Qualitative Research
Eight Reminders

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