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Qualitative Research

Handbook of Interview Research edited by Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein (Sage) Encyclopedic in scope this Handbook of Interview Research covers the various ways and contexts most commonly encountered when conducting research and eliciting information from informants. The essays have a practical turn and avoid the more excessive faults of social research cant. Interviewing has become the leading window on the world of experience for both researchers and professionals. But as familiar as interviewing is now, its seemingly straightforward methodology raises more questions than ever. What is the interviewer’s image of those who are being interviewed? Who is the interviewer in the eyes of the respondent? From where do interviewers obtain questions and respondents get the answers that they communicate in interviews? How do the institutional auspices of interviewing shape interview data?

Drawing upon leading experts from a wide range of disciplines to address these and related questions, the Handbook of Interview Research offers a comprehensive examination of the interview at the cutting edge of information technology in the context of a challenging postmodern environment. Encyclopedic in its breadth, the Handbook of Interview Research provides extensive discussions of the conceptual and methodological issues surrounding interview practice in relation to forms of interviewing, new technology, diverse data gathering and analytic strategies, and the various ways interviewing relates to distinctive respondents. The Handbook of Interview Research is also a story that spins a particular tale that moves from the commonly recognized individual interview as an instrument for gathering data to reflections on the interview as an integral part of the information we gather about individuals and society.

Contents: Introduction Jaber F Gubrium and James A Holstein From the Individual Interview to the Interview Society Jennifer Platt The History of the Interview PART ONE: FORMS OF INTERVIEWING Royce A Singleton and Bruce C Straits Survey Interviewing Carol A B Warren Qualitative Interviewing John M Johnson In-Depth Interviewing Robert Atkinson The Life Story Interview David L Morgan Focus Group Interviewing
Andrea Fontana Postmodern Trends in Interviewing PART TWO: DISTINCTIVE RESPONDENTS Donna Eder and Laura Fingerson Interviewing Children and Adolescents Michael L Schwalbe and Michelle Wolkomir Interviewing Men Shulamit Reinharz and Susan E Chase Interviewing Women Travis Kong, Dan Mahoney and Ken Plummer Queering the Interview C Clare Wenger Interviewing Older People Christopher Dunbar Jr, Dalia Rodriguez and Laurence Parker Race, Subjectivity and the Interview Process Teresa Odendahl and Aileen Shaw Interviewing Elites Janice M Morse Interviewing the Ill PART THREE: AUSPICES OF INTERVIEWING  Anne Ryen Cross-Cultural Interviewing Kathy Zoppi and Ronald Epstein Interviewing in Medical Settings Gale Miller, Steve de Shazer and Peter de Jong Therapy Interviewing  David L Altheide Journalistic Interviewing Ian Mckenzie Forensic Investigative Interviewing William G Tierney and Patrick Dilley Interviewing in Education
Gary P Latham and Zeeva Millman Context and the Employment Interview PART FOUR: TECHNICAL ISSUES Jeffery C Johnson and Susan C Weller Elicitation Techniques for Interviewing Patricia A Adler and Peter Adler The Reluctant Respondent Roger W Shuy In Person versus Telephone Interviewing Mick C Couper and Sue Ellen Hansen Computer-Assisted Interviewing Nora Cate Shaeffer and Douglas Maynard Standardization and Interaction in the Survey Interview Chris Mann and Fiona Stewart Internet Interviewing
Blake D Poland Transcription Quality Clive F Seale Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Interview Data
PART FIVE: ANALYTICAL STRATEGIES Kathy Charmaz Qualitative Interviewing and Grounded Theory Analysis  Catherine Kohler Riessman Analysis of Personal Narratives Richard Smith Analytic Strategies for Oral History Interviews Barbara Czarniawska Narrative, Interviews and Organizations Marjorie L DeVault and Liz McCoy Institutional Ethnography Carolyn D Baker Ethnomethodological Analyses of Interviews PART SIX: REFLECTION REPRESENTATION Paul Atkinson and Amanda Coffey Revisiting the Relationship between Participant Observation and Interviewing Kirin Narayan and Kenneth M George Personal and Folk Narrative as Cultural Representation Norman K Denzin The Cinematic Society and the Reflexive Interview
Carolyn Ellis and Leigh Berger Their Story\My Story\Our Story: Including the Researchers Experience in Interview Research Laurel Richardson Poetic Representation of Interviews Paul C Rosenblatt Interviewing at the Border of Fact and Fiction Charles L Briggs Interviewing, Power Knowledge and Social Inequality Bibliography, notes Index

Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analyzing Talk, Text and Interaction by David Silverman (Sage) This is. an elegant text on the cutting edge. David Silverman has taken the most recent developments, methodologies, and interpretive strategies in qualitative research and made them immediately accessible to the student. Norman Denzin, University of Illinois, Institute of Communications Research

This is a substantially expanded and updated version of David Silverman's bestselling introductory textbook for the beginning qualitative researcher.

Key features of the 2nd edition include:
• Accounts of the flood of qualitative work since the 1990s
• A new chapter on visual images and an expanded treatment of discourse analysis are provided
• Many more student exercises are provided in 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
• Greater emphasis on the many disciplines which employ qualitative research, from sociology and anthropology to psychology and geography, information systems, health promotion, management, education and many others.
• Expanded coverage ‑ 50% longer than the 1st edition

Interpreting Qualitative Data, 2nd Edition is a companion volume to David Silverman's Doing Qualitative Research, a guide to the business of conducting a research project, together with its accompanying volume of key readings, Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice edited by David Silverman (Sage) is an anthology keyed to these other Silverman texts, which provides further, more focused, material that students need before contemplating their own qualitative research study.

Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook edited by David Silverman (Sage) This book offers a good introduction to some of the practicalities of qualitative research for a research degree. Thus much of the book is about research management and structuring a thesis, issues which are relatively uncommon in books on qualitative research. What it does, it does very well. It does not offer an introduction to qualitative research and the comments on this field are very much from the perspective of Silverman's own research area, conversation analysis. Nonetheless I have found it a very helpful complement to more theoretical qualitative research texts.

Contents: Preface
What is Qualitative Research?
Varieties of quantitative research; Criticisms of quantitative research; Varieties of qualitative research; Criticisms of qualitative research; Conclusion; Summary; The Research Experience I; Georgia's research diary; Seta's research diary; Vicki's research diary; Summary; The Research Experience II; Interviews; Ethnographies; Texts; Audiotapes; Videotapes; Multiple methods; Summary; What Counts as Originality? Originality; Being a `professional'; Independent critical thought; Concluding remarks; Summary
Selecting a Topic; Simplistic inductivism; The `kitchen sink' gambit; Grand theory; Strategies for simplistic inductivists; Strategies for kitchen-sinkers; Strategies for grand theorists; Concluding remarks; Summary; Theory in Qualitative Research; What is theory? Theories, models and hypotheses; Generalizations and theory building; How to theorize about data; Conclusion; Summary; Choosing a Methodology; A case study: HIV counseling; Multiple methods? Concluding remarks; Summary; Selecting a Case; Generalizability in qualitative research; Combining qualitative research with quantitative measures of populations; Purposive sampling; Theoretical sampling; Generalizability as present in a single case; Concluding remarks; Summary; Writing a Research Proposal; Be practical; Be persuasive; Make broader links; Aim for crystal clarity; Plan before you write; Summary;
Beginning Data Analysis; Kick-starting your analysis; Interviews; Fieldnotes; Texts; Transcripts; Concluding remarks; Summary; Developing Data Analysis; A case study: observing heart clinics; Fieldnotes and data analysis; Transcripts and data analysis; Concluding remarks; Summary; Using Computers to Analyse Qualitative Data; Clive Seale; Advantages of CAQDAS; Limitations and disadvantages; Mainstream packages: ETHNOGRAPH, NUD•IST and ATLAS; Theory building with CAQDAS; Hyperlinks to postmodern readings of text; Summary; Validity and Reliability; Validity; Reliability; Conclusion; Summary;
Keeping a Record; Recording your reading; Research diaries; Summary; Relations in the Field; Settings and access; Ethics in qualitative research; A case study: open access to a public setting; Feedback: case studies; A case study: gender in the field; Feedback as a validation exercise? Summary; Getting Feedback; Writing; Speaking; The art of presenting research; Conclusion: why does feedback matter? Summary;
The First Few Pages; The title; The abstract; The list of contents; The introduction; Summary; The Literature Review Chapter; Practical questions; Principles; Do you need a literature review chapter? Summary; The Methodology Chapter; What should the methodology chapter contain? Concluding remarks; Summary;
Writing your Data Chapters; The macrostructure; The microstructure; Tightening up; Summary; The Final Chapter; Why the final chapter is necessary; What exactly should your final chapter contain? What's good and not so good; Theorizing as thinking through data; Summary;
Surviving an Oral Examination; Preparing for your oral; Doing the oral; Outcomes; Revising your thesis after the oral; A case study: an example of a PhD oral examination; Summary; Getting Published; Reviewers' comments; Summary; Audiences; The policy-making audience; The practitioner audience; The lay audience; Conclusions; Summary; Finding a Job; Learning about vacancies; Getting on a shortlist; The interview; Concluding remarks; Summary;
Part Seven EPILOGUE;
The Contested Character of Qualitative Research; Quality in four research studies; Four `quality' issues;
Concluding remarks; Summary; Appendix: Transcript conventions; Glossary; References; Author index; Subject index

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