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QUESTIONING QUALITATIVE INQUIRY (PDF EBOOK)

EBOOK by Hammersley, Martyn
ISBN
9780857026774
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FORMAT
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PAGES
216 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
7 OCT 2008

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Is qualitative research in crisis? In Questioning Qualitative Inquiry Martyn Hammersley raises fundamental questions about the current state of qualitative social research. He examines some of the changes that have taken place within it over the past fifty years, suggesting that the move away from natural science as a model, and towards an appeal to literature and art, involves rejection of key principles that are essential to research of any kind.Hammersley argues that, in important respects, qualitative inquiry has not lived up to the claims originally made on its behalf, and that more recent developments have worsened the situation. Insufficient attention has been given to the problems surrounding leading ideas like thick description, analytic induction, and constructionism. The argument is pursued through discussion of the work of influential writers - such as Clifford, Geertz, Denzin and Lincoln - and by detailed examination of concrete issues, like the value of interview data, the rationales for discourse and conversation analysis, the role of rhetoric in research reports, and the nature of assessment criteria. At a time when qualitative inquiry is coming under renewed challenge in some quarters, the task of addressing the methodological problems it faces has become urgent. These essays on current developments and debates are essential reading for anyone interested in the future of qualitative research.

CONTENTS

Introduction Dentists, Dadaists or Discourse Analysts? On the Failings of Qualitative Inquiry Capturing Complexity? An Examination of a Common Rationale for Qualitative Research On Thick Description Interpreting Geertz The Critical Case of Analytic Induction Assessing the Radical Critique of Interviews - with Roger Gomm Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis Methods or Paradigms? The Dadaist Alternative Postmodernist Qualitative Research Is Qualitative Research Just Rhetoric? Validity Criteria for Qualitative Research Are They Possible or even Desirable?