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Interpreting Qualitative Data

Sixth Edition
  • David Silverman - Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and King’s College, London, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology


December 2019 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Cutting-edge and friendly.  Offers even more of what we've come to expect.  Practical, yet conceptually astute.  Critically attuned to new developments, such as the uses and misuses of mixed methods designs and the convenience of smart phone technology.  Packaged in an approachable format that virtually welcomes the reader aboard" - Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri

With a wealth of examples and learning features, the book takes a practical approach to methods training and provides a strong foundation in research design for social science students.  

In his characteristic positive writing style, author David Silverman offers useful advice on sticking points faced by beginner researchers and helps you build your confidence.

Central to this sixth edition are its online resources, including:

  • Entertaining and inspiring videos from the author that help you unpack concepts, boost your understanding and think critically
  • An ‘assessment corner’, offering practical help and tailored support for typical assignments e.g. group reports and literature reviews
  • A downloadable workbook providing a hands on way to get to grips with the necessary skills for gathering, analysing and interpreting qualitative data

Approachable, clear and friendly, this book equips you with the tools to tackle key issues faced by qualitative researchers and establish good practice in your own research.


 
Part I: Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 1: What is Qualitative Research?
 
Chapter 2: Designing a Research Project
 
Chapter 3: Generalising from Qualitative Data
 
Chapter 4: Credible Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 5: Data Analysis
 
Chapter 6: Research Ethics
 
Part II: Methods
 
Chapter 7: Interviews
 
Chapter 8: Focus Groups
 
Chapter 9: Ethnography
 
Chapter 10: Documents
 
Chapter 11: Naturally Occurring Talk
 
Chapter 12: Visual Images
 
Chapter 13: Mixed Methods
 
Part III: Implications
 
Chapter 14: Writing Your Report
 
Chapter 15: The Relevance of Qualitative Research
 
Chapter 16: The Potential of Qualitative Research

Students who are truly interested in understanding the present digitalized society would be lost in its complexities without the help and support of the most experienced analyst of qualitative material, David Silverman. His textbooks adapt and evolve in tact with global developments and should be read by faculty and students from all social science domains.

Barbara Czarniawska
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Cutting-edge and friendly.  Offers even more of what we've come to expect.  Practical, yet conceptually astute.  Critically attuned to new developments, such as the uses and misuses of mixed methods designs and the convenience of smart phone technology.  Packaged in an approachable format that virtually welcomes the reader aboard

Endorsement
Jaber F. Gubrium University of Missouri.

The best practical guide to doing qualitative research just became even better with this new edition, which adds insight into using Mixed Method designs as well as exploring the potentialities of digital data and smartphones as data collection devices. Theoretically informed, practically oriented and engagingly composed, this book beats the others hand down!

Stewart Clegg
UTS Business School

David Silverman’s book Qualitative Research is an essential companion for qualitative researchers at any stage of their career, from undergraduate students through to established researchers. The book takes you carefully but playfully through all aspects of the qualitative research process, with useful exercises which help to think through and overcome common challenges. The support from this book makes qualitative investigation a joyful experience, and ensures that the final research produced meets the highest methodological standards. I could not recommend it more highly. 

Anna Dowrick
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London

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