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An Introduction to Qualitative Research

Seventh Edition
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany
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January 2023 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Continuing to be THE guide to the whole qualitative research process for students, this book looks at both the theory behind qualitative research and how to put it into practice in your own work. For students across a range of social science disciplines and beyond, this is a must to help you enhance your research project.

This edition introduces:   

  • a decolonisation of methodologies   
  • a range of indigenous, queer and feminist perspectives on methodologies
  • assistance with defending a viva and alternative forms of assessment to suit a changing world.

More additions to this seventh edition include a section on the subjectivity of a researcher, and how your identity will shape your research. The further reading has been curated to include more than just western voices, providing you with global perspectives on qualitative research. This text introduces how to sensitively undertake ethical and inclusive research with marginalised groups.

This book will help you master a comprehensive understanding of qualitative research.


 
Foundations of Qualitative Research
 
Why and How to Do Qualitative Research
 
The Qualitative–Quantitative Distinction
 
Theoretical Frameworks
 
Methods and Data in Qualitative Research
 
Subjectivity, Identity, and Texts in Qualitative Research
 
Research Design
 
Formulating a Research Question
 
Choosing and Constructing the Research Design
 
Planning the Process in Qualitative Research
 
Ethics of Doing Qualitative Research
 
Using The Existing Literature
 
Access, Fields Relations, and Participatory Research
 
Sampling
 
Qualitative Designs with Multiple Methods
 
Verbal Data
 
Collecting Verbal Data
 
Doing Interviews
 
Doing Focus Groups
 
Using Narrative Data
 
Data Beyond Talk
 
Collecting Data Beyond Talk
 
Observation and Ethnography
 
Visual Data: Photography, Film and Video
 
Documents as Data and Secondary Data Analysis
 
Digital and Social Media Research
 
Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Analysing Qualitative Data
 
Transcription and Data Management
 
Grounded Theory Coding
 
Thematic Coding and Content Analysis
 
Analysing Naturally Occurring Data: Conversation and Discourse
 
Using Software in Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Grounding, Writing And Outlook
 
Quality of Qualitative Research: Criteria and Beyond
 
Writing Up and Assessment in Qualitative Research
 
State of the Art and the Future

Professor Uwe Flick has been a leading qualitative methodologist in the social sciences for decades. His methods texts reflect his considerable talent for presenting complex concepts and approaches in a thorough and accessible manner. This latest text is no exception.

Darrin Hodgetts
PhD, Professor of Societal Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand

An Introduction to Qualitative Research is a comprehensive guide to the qualitative research process written by an accomplished expert in the field. Uwe Flick is relentless in his efforts and ambition to spread knowledge about a rich research tradition that is continually evolving and refined within the social sciences. It is a volume with both breadth and depth containing what you need to know about qualitative research to be able to try it out. Also more experienced qualitative researchers will find this text valuable and insightful. By covering different research traditions and the use of many examples from real research, the author points out a variety of vital themes for qualitative research and captures its richness.

Katarina Jacobsson
Head of Department at the School of Social Work at Lund University

In the 7th edition of his well-proven Introduction to Qualitative Research the marked expert on qualitative Research, Prof. Flick, has upgraded the scope of his thoroughly basic textbook (e.g.: actual debates on post-colonial perspectives, mixed-methods, qualitative online research). A special merit of the Introduction is, that students get a feeling of what qualitative research is about: many well conditioned didactically examples of classic studies as well as of Flicks and his students´ own research encourage students to do their first steps in Qualitative Research. 

Ernst von Kardorff
Professor formerly at Humboldt-University of Berlin

A gentle, supportive, engaging guidebook to the complex terrain of qualitative research. I recommend this book to students because it introduces key debates without jargon, and provides a practical scaffolding for one’s own research design by synthesising each chapter’s learning in a series of critical questions. 

Flora Cornish
Associate Professor in Research Methodology at LSE

An excellent and comprehensive overview of qualitative research. It is accessible at an introductory level and is a useful 'one-stop shop' for our students. I will be recommending it to colleagues.

Dr Alan Mackie
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
January 10, 2023

An extremely useful book for students that provides a comprehensive overview of qualitative research methodologies. It is particularly useful for students grappling with theory and provides a good basic introduction that is suitable for undergraduates in psychology. It would be great, however, to see a little more on the conceptual basis and frameworks of the various methodologies in future editions. This is largely absent in most undergraduate textbooks on qualitative research methods aimed at undergraduates. That said, I look forward to future editions and highly recommend this book as a good starting point.

Dr Claire Cullen
Psychology, South East Technological University
January 19, 2023

A coherently structured and easy to read text that guides the students through the complex procedures of qualitative research.
The text is suitable for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students conducting research projects. A comprehensive presentation of planning and executing qualitative research.

Mr Andrew Clark
Faculty of Business and Law, Sunderland University
December 12, 2022

Does not meet the needs of nursing doctoral students.

Elizabeth Diener
Kramer School Of Nursing, Oklahoma City University
December 13, 2022

All students have engaged with the contents of this book. The book allows depth to qualitative research for social science researchers

Mrs karen Cooke
Sport and Public Services, The Manchester College
November 24, 2022

Useful text for qualitative researchers

Mrs Nanna Ryder
School of Early Years (Carmarthen), University of Wales, Trinity St David
December 12, 2022

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