Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners

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SAGE, Mar 22, 2013 - Psychology - 400 pages
*Shortlisted for the BPS Book Award 2014 in the Textbook Category*

*Winner of the 2014 Distinguished Publication Award (DPA) from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP)*

Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners is an accessible, practical textbook. It sidesteps detailed theoretical discussion in favor of providing a comprehensive overview of strategic tips and skills for starting and completing successful qualitative research.

Uniquely, the authors provide a "patterns framework" to qualitative data analysis in this book, also known as "thematic analysis." The authors walk students through a basic thematic approach, and compare and contrast this with other approaches. This discussion of commonalities, explaining why and when each method should be used, and in the context of looking at patterns, will provide students with complete confidence for their qualitative research journey.

This textbook will be an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates taking a course in qualitative research or using qualitative approaches in a research project.

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Contents

1 Some very important starting information
3
2 Ten fundamentals of qualitative research
19
3 Planning and designing qualitative research
42
SECTION 2 Successfully collecting qualitative data
75
interviews
77
focus groups
107
surveys stories diaries and secondary sources
134
SECTION 3 Successfully analysing qualitative data
159
familiarisation and data coding
201
10 Identifying patterns across data
223
11 Analysing and interpreting patterns across data
248
SECTION 4 Successfully completing qualitative research
275
12 Quality criteria and techniques for qualitative research
277
13 Writing and communicating qualitative research
296
Glossary
328
References
339

transcription
161
8 Moving towards analysis
173

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About the author (2013)

Virginia Braun is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is a feminist and critical psychologist whose research explores the intersecting areas of gender, bodies, sex//sexuality and health. She has worked on projects related to heterosex, sexual health, cervical cancer prevention policy, sexuality and higher education, women's genital meanings and experiences, and female genital cosmetic surgery, and is current involved in a Marsden-funded project related to pornography (with Nicola Gavey & Linda Tyler; University of Auckland). She is also interested in the intersections between academic work and activism, and is involved in The New View Campaign's work around female genital cosmetic surgery. She has an ongoing interest in qualitative research and, with Victoria Clarke, developed a theoretically-flexible approach to thematic analysis. She is currently editor (with Nicola Gavey) of the journal Feminism & Psychology (Sage, UK).

Victoria Clarke is an Associate Professor in Sexuality Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her research has focused on lesbian and gay parenting, same-sex and heterosexual relationships, sexual practices, sexualities and appearance, sexualities and higher education, and qualitative research methods. She has conducted ESRC and British Academy funded research on same-sex relationships and civil partnership. Her books include Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives (Wiley) with Elizabeth Peel, and LGBTQ Psychology: An introduction (Cambridge University Press), with Sonja Ellis, Elizabeth Peel and Damien Riggs. She has developed a theoretically flexible approach to thematic analysis with Virginia Braun. Her current research interests include visible differences/disfigurements and the story completion method.

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