Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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412 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
December 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380971


Overview

An edited collection packed with advice, exercises, and anecdotes, The Craft of Qualitative Research is a practical, introductory guide that will develop students’ skills and confidence in qualitative research. Accessible in style and tone, this text equips students with the tools needed to manage and overcome challenges, emotions, biases, and power dynamics in the field. To encourage experiential learning, 45 concise chapters include real-world examples and practical exercises from scholars and professionals in varying disciplines and stages of career. Each section begins with an editors’ introduction then takes readers through the steps of successful qualitative research: from planning projects ethically and entering the field, to collecting and analyzing data, and lastly, to exiting the field and disseminating findings. Students in research-reliant disciplines, particularly sociology, anthropology, criminology, social work, and health studies, will benefit from this distinctly practical resource.

FEATURES

  • offers material accessible to both inexperienced and experienced researchers
  • offers readers focused, experiential case studies exploring key stages of the research process in an in-depth fashion

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Invitation to the Craft of Qualitative Research
Steven W. Kleinknecht, Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, and Carrie B. Sanders

 
SECTION I: PLANNING YOUR PROJECT

Chapter 1: “The Person Behind the Research:” Reflexivity and the Qualitative Research Process
Kalyani Thurairajah

Chapter 2: The Role of Unpredictability in Ethnographic Fieldwork
Mark S. Dolson

Chapter 3: Collateral Damage: Preparing Your Friends and Family for Your Ethnography
Tony Christensen

Chapter 4: The Story of Dr. Charles Smith: An Exercise in Rolling Thematic Analysis
Chris McCormick

 
SECTION II: NAVIGATING ETHICAL DILEMMAS

Chapter 5: Living Your Ethics: “It’s” Not Just a Dusty Document
Kerstin Roger and Javier Mignone

Chapter 6: Observing Teens: Negotiating Power and Opportunity During Field Research
Katherine Irwin

Chapter 7: Doing Research Undercover: Interviewing Protesters
Gül Çalışkan

Chapter 8: Social Regulation and Ethics in Research
Will van den Hoonaard

 
SECTION III: MANAGING INSIDER/OUTSIDER STATUS WHILE GAINING ACCESS

Chapter 9: An Insider’s Perspective on Research with Policewomen in Canada
Lesley J. Bikos

Chapter 10: Politics and Tensions of Doing Transgender Research: Lessons Learned by a Straight-White-Cisgender Man
Matthew S. Johnston

Chapter 11: Researching Truck Drivers: Difficult Data Collection and Proving Oneself Amidst a Culture of Suspicious Masculinity
Michael A. Fleming

Chapter 12: “You’re an Alien to Us”: Autoethnographic Accounts of Two Researchers’ Experiences in an Organizational Setting
Cathlene Hillier and Emily Milne

 
SECTION IV: EXPERIENCING EMOTIONS WHILE ESTABLISHING TRUST AND RAPPORT

Chapter 13: Using a Qualitative Approach in Applied Military Personnel Research
Justin Wright

Chapter 14: Navigating Emotions While Establishing Trust and Rapport in Autoethnography
Colleen McMillan

Chapter 15: Personal Reputation as an “In” to Field Research Settings
Steven W. Kleinknecht

Chapter 16: “You Are Not Allowed to Be Here…”: Ethnography of Rejection, Shame, and Hurt
Thaddeus Müller

Chapter 17: Doing Research on Behind-the-Scenes Phenomena: Entering the Female Escort Industry
Magdalena Wojciechowska

 
SECTION V: DOING OBSERVATION

Chapter 18: “Going Through the (E)motions”: Attending to Social Location and Emotionality in Observational Studies of Police
Crystal Weston and Carrie B. Sanders

Chapter 19: Reconsidering Relations in the Field: Attending to Dominance Processes in the Ethnographic Encounter
Scott Grills

Chapter 20: Minding the Gap at the Limits of Observation
Kritee Ahmed

Chapter 21: Tips and Tricks for Writing Reflexive Field Notes When Doing Team- Based Rapid Ethnographic Research
Krystal Kehoe MacLeod

 
SECTION VI: DOING INTERVIEWS

Chapter 22: “Show and Tell”: Using Objects as Visual Interview Guides in Qualitative Interviewing
Kathleen Steeves and Deana Simonetto

Chapter 23: Interactional Strategies of Interview Participants and Their Sense of Self
Deborah K. van den Hoonaard

Chapter 24: “Opening Access” to Open-Access Editors: Communication Technologies in Long Distance Interviewing
Taylor Price and Antony Puddephatt

Chapter 25: Conducting Phenomenological Interviews
Ellen Rose

Chapter 26: A Reflection on Challenges and Negotiation in the Context of International Fieldwork
Abhar Rukh Husain

 
SECTION VII: COLLECTING OTHER FORMS OF DATA

Chapter 27: Listening to Streets and Watching Paint Dry: Collecting Other Forms of Data
Deborah Landry

Chapter 28: Doing Archival Research Ariane Hanemaayer

Chapter 29: “Every Corner Tells a Story”: Using Neighbourhood Walks and GPS to Understand Children’s Sense of Place
Bree Akesson

Chapter 30: Ethnography in Inaccessible Fields: Drawing on Visual Approaches to Understand the Private Space of the Home
Dawn Mannay

Chapter 31: Collecting Social Media Data in Qualitative Research
Meghan Lynch and Catherine Mah

 
SECTION VIII: ANALYZING YOUR DATA

Chapter 32: Reframing an Awkward Moment: A Comparison of Two Analytic Strategies for Being Reflexive
Amber Gazso and Katherine Bischoping

Chapter 33: Making Sense of Your Data: From Paralysis to Theoretical Engagement
Michael Adorjan

Chapter 34: “Dilemmas of Voice” in Community-Based HIV Research
Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo

Chapter 35: Analyzing Materiality
Carrie B. Sanders and Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott

Chapter 36: Tree Drawings: Visual Analysis and Representation of Queer Activist Life History Research
Susan Diane

 
SECTION IX: LEAVING THE FIELD

Chapter 37: Leaving the Field/Can You Leave the Field?
Jeffrey van den Scott

Chapter 38: Negotiating Tensions in Exiting the Field of Critical Qualitative Research
Sarah Benbow and Jodi Hall

Chapter 39: Leaving the Field Trajectories: Researching Hasidic Jews
William Shaffir

Chapter 40: On (Still) Being Emotionally Attached to the Field
Nichole Edwards

 
SECTION X: DISSEMINATING YOUR FINDINGS TO SCHOLARS AND OTHER AUDIENCES

Chapter 41: Communicating Your Ideas and Publishing Readable Texts
J. I. (Hans) Bakker

Chapter 42: Dissemination and Social Justice
Snežana Ratković and Bharati Sethi

Chapter 43: Promoting Qualitative Research in the Public Sphere: Lessons Learned from Online Criticisms
Chad Walker

Chapter 44: After the Fine Cut: Disseminating Video-Based Research
Sarah Abbott and Phillip Vannini

Chapter 45: Disseminating Qualitative Research in Media
Christopher J. Schneider

 
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