Discovering Qualitative Methods: Field Research, Interviews, and Analysis

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In Discovering Qualitative Methods, Second Edition, researchers Carol A. B. Warren and Tracy Xavia Karner emphasize the process of social research--from the initial idea to the final paper, journal article, or scholarly monograph.

This highly readable text establishes the theoretical underpinnings and applications of qualitative research. It offers comprehensive yet straightforward coverage that includes the major types of qualitative analysis: field research or ethnography, interviews, documents, and images. The text also discusses the historical background and evolution of research practices, in turn teaching students how to generate and develop their own methods.

Now in its second edition, Discovering Qualitative Methods has been updated to include more discussions of technology, as well as the latest in research studies and scholarship. It also incorporates new literature from the field and additional coverage of issues of race, class, and gender.

A rigorous, versatile text, Discovering Qualitative Methods, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in qualitative methods and general methods. It is also appropriate for qualitative methods courses in other social science disciplines such as anthropology, education, and social work.

FEATURES
* Devotes an entire chapter to ethics in research methods (Chapter 2)
* Discusses the very important yet often overlooked issue of emotions in research (Chapter 4)
* Provides a thorough overview of the use of visual data and methods as well as the internet (Chapter 8)
* Supplemented by an Instructor's CD that includes an Instructor's Manual and PowerPoint slides

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Carol A. B. Warren is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Kansas.

Tracy Xavia Karner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Visual Studies at the University of Houston.

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"This is the first book I have read that gives students a good grounding in the history of sociology as well as 'how to' instructions. I know my students will respond well to this book, and the examples will inspire them to take on the challenge of qualitative research themselves. . . . It is
among the best such texts I have read in the last few years."

--Margaret Walsh, Keene State College

"The strength of this book is the sophisticated and nuanced insight into the qualitative research process, particularly fieldwork. Moreover, it offers students a wide-ranging, current, and engaging discussion of the world of qualitative research. The examples chosen are appropriate and
fascinating and the bibliography is excellent and comprehensive."

--Deborah Little, Adelphi University

"Bravo! This is a hands-on and practical guide to qualitative methods and research that many students, and even seasoned researchers, will find useful. The authors strike a nice balance between discussing the issues surrounding qualitative methods and providing helpful, practical advice. The
authors are to be commended for presenting qualitative methods as serious and rigorous methodologies in their own right. It is clear that they hold a deep passion for qualitative research, and are excellent advocates of qualitative methods."

--Carrie Lee Smith, Millersville University

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