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An Introduction to Qualitative Research

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
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

This is an excellent source for our students. We have recently used a different book for our module, however, this is a valuable resource to help students who are completing qualitative research for their dissertations.

Mr Richard Wayne Charlton
School of Criminal Justice, Arden University
November 6, 2023

Great overview of different research methods that will be really helpful for my students

Dr Abi Rhodes
English Language Arts, Birmingham University
July 27, 2023

A very clear introduction to QR - easy to navigate and find information quickly for busy students.
Real world application and question prompts mean students can use the book in an active way.

Miss Audrey Wood
Department of Teacher Education, Bedfordshire University
September 19, 2023

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

This edition is well structured and easy to follow. It provides clear direction of the theory and methods behind qualitative research and how it can be applied

Ms Hattie Campbell
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
February 6, 2023

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