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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research

Second Edition
  • 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

February 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of Qualitative Research provides a refreshing introduction to doing and debating qualitative research. The author uses updated content, ranging from photographs to novels and newspaper stories, to demonstrate how getting to grips with qualitative methods means asking ourselves fundamental questions about how we are influenced by contemporary culture.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for Undergraduate students who are new to qualitative research and even Postgraduates and Practitioners who want re-assess their current understanding of the field.

Preface: Making a Space for This Book
Chapter 1: Innumerable Inscrutable Habits: Why Unremarkable Things Matter
Chapter 2: On Finding and Manufacturing Qualitative Data
Chapter 3: Instances or Sequences?
Chapter 4: Applying Qualitative Research
Chapter 5: The Aesthetics of Qualitative Research: On Bullshit and Tonsils
A Very Short Conclusion

A great book that demystifies qualitative research

Sue Horder
Education, Glyndwr University
May 21, 2014

Whilst a very interesting text, not suitable for the Module I was considering it for.

Mrs Isobel Townsend
Social Work, Robert Gordon University
March 11, 2014

This book provides an uncommon introduction to doing and debating qualitative research by asking questions about the influence of contemporary culture on the process of collecting and interpreting data. Silverman demonstrates the questioning by reference to examples of different data kinds like photographs, novels, newspaper stories, websites and social media.
Highly recommended

Dr Petra Brzank
Public Health Institute, SOPHI
February 12, 2014

A wonderful book, essential for the students and PhD involved in qualitative research.

Professor Philippe Riot
Stratégie et Organisations, EM LYON
February 5, 2014

This is ideal for those who just want to engage with the basics in a swift way

Adele Gardner
Faculty of Education, University of the West of England, Bristol
January 16, 2014

It does not seem appropriate as a basic text to introduce my undergraduates to qualitative research.

Dr Carol Black
history and the Social Sciences, Newberry College
December 19, 2013

Good all rounder. I would definitely recommend this book to introduce the idea of qualitative research to students.

Miss Anita Finnegan
Department of Computing, Dundalk Institute of Technology
December 4, 2013

Will be appropriate for some students.

Ms Alison Fielding
Department of Professional Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 30, 2013

A useful overview of qualitative research for beginners, very helpful.

Dr Nikki Petty
Health , Brighton University
October 4, 2013

I think this book is in a very different style to other research books and is not one you can dip into and out of. Some people will love it and some will find it difficult to get on with. I found it contained quite a bit of opinion that I did not agree with and the evidence was not included. The case studies and some fo the humour was attractive however.

Dr Helen Green
Nursing, School of Healthcare, Leeds University
September 23, 2013