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Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Materials

Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Materials

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

October 2012 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Materials, Fourth Edition is Volume III of the three-volume paperback versions of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, Fourth Edition. This portion of the handbook considers the tasks of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting empirical materials, and comprises the complete handbook's "Part IV: Methods of Collecting and Analyzing Empirical Materials" and "Part V: The Art and Practices of Interpretation, Evaluation, and Presentation."

Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Materials, Fourth Edition introduces the researcher to basic methods of gathering, analyzing and interpreting qualitative empirical materials. Part 1 moves from narrative inquiry, to critical arts-based inquiry, to oral history, observations, visual methodologies, and autoethnographic methods. It then takes up analysis methods, including computer-assisted methodologies, focus groups, as well as strategies for analyzing talk and text. The chapters in Part II discuss evidence, interpretive adequacy, forms of representation, post-qualitative inquiry, the new information technologies and research, the politics of evidence, writing, and evaluation practices.

Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Norman K.Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln
1. Introduction: The Discipline and Practice of Qualitative Research
I. Methods of Collecting and Analyzing Empirical Materials
Susan E. Chase
2. Narrative Inquiry: Still a Field in the Making
Susan Finley
3. Critical Arts-based Inquiry: The Pedagogy and Performance of a Radical Ethical Aesthetic
Linda Shopes
4. Oral History
Michael Angrosino and Judith Rosenberg
5. Observations on Observation: Continuities and Challenges
Jon D. Prosser
6. Visual Methodology: Toward a More Seeing Research
Tami Spry
7. Performative Autoethnography: Critical Embodiments and Possibilities
Sarah Gaston
8. The Methods, Politics, and Ethics of Representation in Online Ethnography
Anssi Parakyla and Johanna Ruusuvuori
9. Analyzing Talk and Text
George Kamberelis and Greg Dimitriadis
10. Focus Groups: Contingent Articulations of Pedagogy, Politics, and Inquiry
II. The Art and Practices of Interpretation, Evaluation, and Presentation
Harry Torrance
11. Qualitative Research, Science, and Government: Evidence, Criteria, Policy, and Politics
David L. Altheide and John M. Johnson
12. Reflections on Interpretive Adequacy in Qualitative Research
Laura L. Ellingson
13. Analysis and Representation Across the Continuum
Elisabeth Adams St. Pierre
14. Post Qualitative Research: The Critique and the Coming After
Judith Davidson and Silvana diGregorio
15. Qualitative Research and Technology: In the Midst of a Revolution
Norman K. Denzin
16. The Elephant in the Living Room, or Extending the Conversation About the Politics of Evidence
Ronald J. Pelias
17. Writing into Position: Strategies for Composition and Evaluation
Tineke Abma and Guy A.M. Widdershoven, Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln
18. Evaluation as a Relationally Responsible Practice
Author Index
Subject Index

This book gives a very thorough yet easily understood account of all the key concepts - a fantastic resource.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
School of Education, Northampton University
April 18, 2017

This is an exceptional text, which provides a grounding in a wide variety of methodologies that support students to draw upon contextual examples when establishing their own rationales for selecting and developing their research methodologies. The examples for how to engage with 'data' once gathered also presents a powerful and inspiring array of examples to inspire and inform students.

Ms Lorraine Anne Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
July 21, 2016

Part of the new triple edition Handbook of Research Methods, for which these authors are famous. This volume gives a tremendously detailed overview of the tricky areas of qualitative data collection and interpretation. I cannot fault this book for breadth or depth.

Mr Kenneth Anthony Wilkinson
Dept of Marketing, Ops & Digital Busin, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 23, 2016

A very insightful overview of data analysis for qualitative inquiry. I believe a great text book for those who just started their project as it guides new researches to consider various possibilities in unraveling their data in the future.

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
February 29, 2016

I chose this book as a more specialised text for Foundation Degree students; however close inspection reveals that it is a content heavy book more suitable for postgraduate students. Thus, I will recommend particular chapters for another course I manage on research methods for those wishing to delve deeper into under-used qualitative methodologies. There are real high points in this text, the introduction is a superb overview of the current challenges facing qualitative researchers. Other chapters in part one meriting mention are those on narrative enquiry, and analyzing talk and text. Part two is a highly useful section, with fulsome debates on the practicalities for researchers regarding interpretation, evaluation and presentation of qualitative materials. My only critique is that some chapters adopt a conversational albeit narrative style, and this detracts a little from the scholarly levity. All in all a comprehensive, detailed, and interesting exploration of a subject under a perennial spotlight.

Mrs Marie Stephenson
Institute of Education, Worcester University
July 4, 2015

An excellent book and a must read for serious researchers. I would suggest that it is more suitable for Master’s level students.

Mr Eric Bates
Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology
June 10, 2015

Can be used in isolation or as part of the set of 3 texts. Would recommend to undergraduate and post graduate students.

Ms Amy Taylor
Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
April 15, 2015

Although this book has in-depth information on qualitative research methods, it would be more suitable for postgraduate students. However, I would recommend sections of this for some of my more academic dissertation students. I would also recommend this to our postgraduate research students.

Miss Jessica Mannion
Business and Humanities, Sligo Institute of Technology
August 6, 2015

Denzin & Lincoln, highly celebrated authors in the field of qualitative research, make this book essential for students at MA level who wish to consider these methods.

Miss Christine Ann Lewis
Professional Development , Edge Hill University
August 27, 2015

a detailed and practical and text with the authority of Denzin and Lincoln as editors and contributors.. I'd suggest that it is more for masters level study rather than undergraduate

Ms Fiona Cole
Rehabilitation and Social Work , University of Cumbria
October 31, 2014
Key features
  • Provides contributions from a veritable "Who's Who" in the human sciences: The international authorship allows readers to study the differences in approach among European, Australian, and American practitioners and theoreticians, as well as to hear the voices of non-Western authors.
  • Maintains a focus on issues of social justice: Asserting that it is not enough to simply engage in research for the sake of human curiosity, the chapters help researchers focus on the social purposes of inquiry.
  • Includes discussions on new and emerging methods: These chapters expand the reader's repertoire of available methods and methodologies, enlarging the range of data that can be brought to bear on social and educational issues.

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