David Silverman Doing Qualitative Research

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Doing Qualitative Research

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Written in a lively, accessible style, Doing Qualitative Research provides a step-by-step guide to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues such as defining ′originality′ and narrowing down a topic, keeping a research diary and writing a research report, and presenting research to different audiences.

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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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'A most welcome addition to his own corpus of works on qualitative research, in particular, and to the growing body of texts on the subject, in general...The strengths of this book are too many to mention. Students and seasoned researchers alike are surely well advised to get hold of this book...All in all, the book is a cutting-edge textbook on qualitative research and though it does not deal with all concepts discussed in a sustained manner (which is of course the usual drawback of books of this range and scope), Silverman raises the bar for future authors of textbooks on qualitative research' - Qualitative Research 'Earlier editions of this book have been highly regarded and well used by students and teachers of qualitative research...The text is certainly accessible to students from a range of disciplines, including education' - British Journal of Sociology of Education 'David Silverman's new edition of Doing Qualitative Research is a cutting-edge compendium of what students want to know about conducting and completing a qualitative study. His book sets a new standard for an inclusive student-friendly manual that cuts across disciplines and methods, while systematically unveiling ordinary research practice. Silverman includes sage advice gained through his many years of research and dissertation supervision. He offers insider tips, shortcuts, and warnings that will keep students involved in their projects and guide them through each step of the process. Throughout the book, Silverman shares his students' stories of their research experience and the obstacles they encountered along the way. In short, Doing Qualitative Research is an accessible, engaging text that sparkles with ideas, insight, and information' - Kathy Charmaz, Department of Sociology, Sonoma State University, USA -- Anne Chartier 'A most welcome addition to his own corpus of works on qualitative research, in particular, and to the growing body of texts on the subject, in general...The strengths of this book are too many to mention. Students and seasoned researchers alike are surely well advised to get hold of this book...All in all, the book is a cutting-edge textbook on qualitative research and though it does not deal with all concepts discussed in a sustained manner (which is of course the usual drawback of books of this range and scope), Silverman raises the bar for future authors of textbooks on qualitative research' - Qualitative Research 'Earlier editions of this book have been highly regarded and well used by students and teachers of qualitative research...The text is certainly accessible to students from a range of disciplines, including education' - British Journal of Sociology of Education 'David Silverman's new edition of Doing Qualitative Research is a cutting-edge compendium of what students want to know about conducting and completing a qualitative study. His book sets a new standard for an inclusive student-friendly manual that cuts across disciplines and methods, while systematically unveiling ordinary research practice. Silverman includes sage advice gained through his many years of research and dissertation supervision. He offers insider tips, shortcuts, and warnings that will keep students involved in their projects and guide them through each step of the process. Throughout the book, Silverman shares his students' stories of their research experience and the obstacles they encountered along the way. In short, Doing Qualitative Research is an accessible, engaging text that sparkles with ideas, insight, and information' - Kathy Charmaz, Department of Sociology, Sonoma State University, USA

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