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Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research

Fourth Edition
Edited by:
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College, Visiting Professor Emeritus at Leeds University Business School and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology

June 2016 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A who’s who of methodologists, this book introduces students to the big picture of qualitative research, teaching both the ‘why’ and the ‘how to’ of getting started, selecting a method and conducting research and data analysis. With practical tips, summaries, exercises and further reading, each chapter is like a masterclass from a leading scholar in qualitative research.

New to the fourth edition:

  • A streamlined structure to guide readers step-by-step through the research process
  • Substantial new section with 4 chapters on how to collect and analyse online data
  • A new chapter on reflexive ethnography
  • More hands-on advice on how to conduct research at every stage, making this a perfect field handbook
  • Updated reading lists provide a go-to guide to the literature and help improve citations

The most comprehensive qualitative research book available, this is the perfect all-in-one companion for any student embarking on a qualitative research course or project.

Introducing Qualitative Research, David Silverman
Addressing Social Problems through Qualitative Research, Michael Bloor
Research Ethics and Qualitative Research, Anne Ryen
The `Inside' and the `Outside': Finding Realities in Interviews, Jody Miller and Barry Glassner
Narrative Practice and the Active Interview, James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium
Analysing Focus Group Data, Sue Wilkinson
What Is Ethnography, Giampietro Gobo and Lukas Marciniak
Organizational Ethnography, Thomas Eberle and Christoph Maeder
Practising Reflexivity in Ethnography, Marie Buscatto
Analysing Documents through Fieldwork, Katarina Jacobsson
Using Documents in Social Research, Lindsay Prior
Discursive Psychology and the Study of Naturally Occurring Talk, Jonathan Potter
Conversation Analysis: Practices and Methods, John Heritage
Internet/Digital Research, Annette Markham and Simona Stavrova
Online Interviewing, Nalita James and Hugh Busher
Using Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology to Analyse Online Data, Joanne Meredith
Critical Discourse Studies and Social Media Data, Johann W. Unger, Ruth Wodak and Majid KhosraviNik
Visual Inquiry: Issues and Developments, Michael Emmison
Embodied Action: Video and the Analysis of Social Interaction, Christian Heath
Some Pragmatics of Qualitative Data Analysis, Tim Rapley
Constructing Grounded Theory Analyses, Kathy Charmaz and Anthony Bryant
What’s Different about Narrative Inquiry? Cases, Categories and Contexts, Catherine Kohler Riessman
Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies, Mary Dixon-Woods
Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data, Libby Bishop
Validity in Qualitative Research, Anssi Peräkylä
Writing Qualitative Research: Practice, Genre and Audience, Amir Marvasti

A comprehensive book that enables the reader to easily understand the principles of qualitative research. David Silverman’s books have been indispensable throughout my own research – brilliant!

Louise Lawson
Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

Many years of teaching how to do qualitative research to management and social science research students means that I always recommend David Silverman’s Qualitative Research as the the go to text. It is simply the best.

Stewart Clegg
Fellow of both the Australian and the British Academies of the Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

This book contains everything that a qualitative researcher needs to know and a quantitative researcher needs to learn. Written by the world-renowned authorities in their fields, this edition covers all issues relevant to qualitative research, from choosing the research topic through fieldwork techniques, analytical approaches, and the ways to write it all up. 

Barbara Czarniawska
University of Gothenburg

Silverman provides a welcome new edition to an accessibly written, coherently organised and comprehensive introduction to qualitative research. It is an interesting and informative read with clear and concise explanations and is an essential for researchers using qualitative methods and analysing data.

Gareth Addidle
Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Plymouth Law School

Want to understand qualitative research? This is the must-have book for you. This 4th edition is unquestionably the very best work on qualitative research that I have read, with an expanded section on new technologies.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book to students, researchers, policy makers and everyone with an interest in qualitative research.

Susan Danby
School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The fourth edition continues to be of great use to students studying research methods, the stature of this book speaks for itself. Students who are sometimes daunted by a plethora of available research methods can rely on this thorough and readable text to guide them through conducting their own projects.

Miss Christine Ann Lewis
Professional Development , Edge Hill University
June 9, 2016

Silverman's book is good for those wanting to engage with understanding both quantitive and qualitative approaches in research. The chapters are comprehensively written and introduces the reader to issues and ideas in research with good examples of research theories and practices. It is succinct, detailed and authoritative, which most readers will call upon as their reference guide.

Ms Heather Allison
Department of Education (North Campus), London Metropolitan University
November 27, 2016

Excellent guidance for students on their 1st qualitative research journey

Dr Morven McEachern
Salford Business School, Salford University
July 26, 2016

This is a useful book that provides specialist background reading for qualitative researchers.

Mrs Sue Murray
Sch of Health & Emergency Professions, Hertfordshire University
November 9, 2016

This book is a very useful reference for students embarking on their first foray into qualitative research methods. It covers a range of qualitative research methods and is pitched at a level that enables students to grasp the key terms and concepts discussed. This is a book I would definitely recommend for students and as such has been adopted as part of the indicative reading for this module

Mr Sean Figgins
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Chichester University
August 19, 2016
Key features
The new section on Expanding Technologies containing four new chapters covering the key online data gathering / analysis methods assists PG students who increasingly conduct their research online (as it's cheap and is easier to access certain populations) yet need the specifics on how to tackle this.

The new boxes in each chapter feature practical tips, summaries and lists to make this the student's constant companion by providing those out in the field doing research with 'how to' guidance, not just justifications of 'why' to choose a particular method.

Mirroring the PG research journey through the dissertation, the new structure is more logical. Opening with foundational issues - ethics and general frameworks, the book now introduces more basic methods first (interviews and focus groups) before moving to the more interpretive, in-depth methods (textual analysis, ethnography), and concludes with a full section on analysis.

The ToC is a who's who of top scholars and each also gives an annotated guide to the key literature in their field, which students can refer to and import into their bibliography providing a robust dissertation reference list that they can cite appropriately to underscore their research's authority.