Interpreting Qualitative Data

Interpreting Qualitative Data

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In this fifth edition of his field-defining text, David Silverman, a true guru of qualitative research, walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analyzing qualitative data. The book offers beginners unrivalled hands-on guidance to help them get the best out of a research methods course or research project.
New to the fifth edition:

A streamlined structure to aid navigation and guide readers smoothly through the research process.
A new chapter on generalizing from case-study research which addresses the perennial issue of `how many cases do you need?'
New material on doing qualitative research online and the ethics of internet research.
Additional sections covering organizational documents and documents of everyday life, including blogs and diaries.
Many more recent case study examples drawn from a broad range of disciplines including business, education, social work and geography as well as health studies.
A new and improved companion website, full of additional resources for students and lecturers.

This is the perfect companion for all those new to qualitative research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 27.94mm | 940g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 1446295435
  • 9781446295434
  • 63,213

Table of contents

Part I: Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
What Is Qualitative Research?
Designing a Research Project
Generalizing from Case Study Research
Credible Qualitative Research
Data Analysis
Research Ethics
Part II: Methods
Focus Groups
Naturally Occurring Talk
Visual Images
Part III: Implications
Writing Your Report
The Relevance of Qualitative Research
The Potential of Qualitative Research: Eight Reminders
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Review Text

Vintage Silverman and top-notch as a result, this latest edition of IQD is as welcome as ever. Comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and reader-friendly, IQD is the quintessential student text for qualitative research.
Jay Gubrium
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This latest edition is a useful and practical guide for the novice researcher. Its extended contents list, glossary, author and subject indexes, exercises, tips, recommended further reading and links to Internet sources all make this book easy to use as a guide and reference. -- Eric Fletcher, Newcastle University A wonderful book on qualitative research methods and the interpretation of qualitative data. A Classic! -- Dimitris Boucas This book is the book I've been waiting for! It is a thorough exploration of qualitative research - from theoretical underpinnings and processes of data collection right through to analysis and writing. It is accessible and clear and provides a really exceptional overview for those new to research methods. It also includes lots of links to further reading. I can't praise this book enough. -- Fiona Harris Vintage Silverman and top-notch as a result, this latest edition of IQD is as welcome as ever. Comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and reader-friendly, IQD is the quintessential student text for qualitative research. -- Jay Gubrium
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About David Silverman

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths' College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a PhD on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970.

Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997).

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful PhD students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. David regularly runs qualitative research workshops for five universities in Sydney and Brisbane. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Since 2000, he has done voluntary work with people with dementia. resident in an old people's home

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.
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