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The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany

January 2018 | 736 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts:

Part I Charting the Routes

Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics

Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them

Part IV Digital and Internet Data

Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods

Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations


Introduction to part 1

Uwe Flick
Uwe Flick
Chapter 1: Doing Qualitative Data Collection – Charting the Routes
Introduction to part 2

Uwe Flick
Joseph A. Maxwell
Chapter 2: Collecting Qualitative Data: A Realist Approach
Donna M. Mertens
Chapter 3: Ethics of Qualitative Data Collection
Brianna L. Kennedy and Robert Thornberg
Chapter 4: Deduction, Induction, Abduction
Giampietro Gobo
Chapter 5: Upside Down - Reinventing Research Design
Margrit Schreier
Chapter 6: Sampling and Generalization
Andrew Bengry-Howell
Chapter 7: Accessing the Research Field
Christopher Jenks
Chapter 8: Recording and Transcribing Social Interaction
Katharina Resch and Edith Enzenhofer
Chapter 9: Collecting Data in Other Languages - Strategies for Cross-Language Research in Multilingual Societies
Estrid Sørensen, Alison Marlin and Jörg Niewöhner
Chapter 10: From Scholastic to Emic Comparison: Generating Comparability and Handling Difference in Ethnographic Research
Louise Corti
Chapter 11: Data Collection in Secondary Analysis
Jonathan Potter and Chloe Shaw
Chapter 12: The Virtue of Naturalistic Data
Norman K. Denzin
Chapter 13: Performance, Hermeneutics, Interpretation
Rosaline S. Barbour
Chapter 14: Quality of Data Collection
Introduction to part 3

Uwe Flick
Kathryn Roulston and Myungweon Choi
Chapter 15: Qualitative Interviews
David L. Morgan and Kim Hoffman
Chapter 16: Focus Groups
Michael Murray
Chapter 17: Narrative Data
Clare Jackson
Chapter 18: Data Collection in Conversation Analysis
Asta Rau, Florian Elliker and Jan K. Coetzee
Chapter 19: Collecting Data for Analyzing Discourses
David Wästerfors
Chapter 20: Observations
Marie Buscatto
Chapter 21: Doing Ethnography: Ways and Reasons
Margarethe Kusenbach
Chapter 22: Go-Alongs
Hubert Knoblauch, René Tuma and Bernt Schnettler
Chapter 23: Videography
Tim Rapley and Gethin Rees
Chapter 24: Collecting Documents as Data
Thomas S. Eberle
Chapter 25: Collecting Images as Data
Lothar Mikos
Chapter 26: Collecting Media Data: TV and Film Studies
Michael Bull
Chapter 27: Sounds as Data
Introduction to part 4

Uwe Flick
Simon Lindgren
Chapter 28: The concept of ‘Data’ in Digital Research
Annette N. Markham and Ane Kathrine Gammelby
Chapter 29: Moving Through Digital flows: An Epistemological and Practical Approach
Katrin Tiidenberg
Chapter 30: Ethics in Digital Research
Wivian Weller, Lucélia de Moraes Braga Bassalo, and Nicolle Pfaff
Chapter 31: Collecting Data for Analyzing Blogs
Joanne Meredith and Hannah Ditchfield
Chapter 32: Collecting Qualitative Data from Facebook: Approaches and Methods
Annette Markham
Chapter 33: Troubling the Concept of Data in Qualitative Digital Research
Introduction to part 5

Uwe Flick
Uwe Flick
Chapter 34: Triangulation in Data Collection
Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
Chapter 35: Toward an Understanding of a Qualitatively-Driven Mixed Methods Data Collection and Analysis: Moving Toward a Theoretically-Centered Mixed Methods Praxis
Janice M. Morse, Julianne Cheek, and Lauren Clark
Chapter 36: Data-Related Issues in Qualitatively-Driven Mixed-Method Designs: Sampling, Pacing, and Reflexivity
Nigel Fielding
Chapter 37: Combining Digital and Physical Data
Karen Henwood, Fiona Shirani, and Chris Groves
Chapter 38: Using Photographs in Interviews: When We Lack the Words to Say What Practice Means
Introduction to part 6

Uwe Flick
Colin MacDougall and Philip Darbyshire
Chapter 39: Collecting Qualitative Data with Children
Christine Stephens, Vanessa Burholt, Norah Keating
Chapter 40: Collecting Qualitative Data with Older People
Beate Littig, Alexander Bogner and Wolfgang Menz
Chapter 41: Generating Qualitative Data with Experts and Elites
Kerry Chamberlain and Darrin Hodgetts
Chapter 42: Collecting Qualitative Data with Hard-to-Reach Groups

Professor Flick’s Handbook offers several pathways to understanding qualitative data -and the appropriate methods - for discovery, exploration, analysis, storage, retrieval, and sharing, as well as working with multiple methods.  The materials about cultural contexts, reflexive accounts, and especially the use of electronic documents illuminate the challenges and solutions of more sophisticated qualitative analysis. 

David L. Altheide
Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

The Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection brings together the leading scholars to express the dynamism and creativity which now cut across all disciplines and topics.  The major types of qualitative data collection include interviews, focus groups, narratives, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, observations, ethnography, performance and hermeneutics, and videography, with pragmatic ideas about how to conduct each type of data collection.  Two major sections discuss and analyze digital data collection, and how to use these data alone of with other forms of qualitative data.  The critical issues of induction, generalization, sampling, and triangulation are presented with clarity and elegance.  This Handbook will be foundational for years to come.

John M. Johnson
Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

My co-teacher and I offer two PhD courses in qualitative methods. At that level of teaching, we do not have one single text book: we offer a selection of readings including text books. Most of these books are published by Sage. This new volume from Flick is extremely rich and of a high academic level. It is perfectly suited for our course and needs. My co-teacher and I hope that our course participants will read some of the chapters for their PhD and also use it when they are asked to teach their first courses.

Dr Magali Gravier
Department of Management, Society & Communication, Copenhagen Business School
March 13, 2022

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