How to Conduct Qualitative Research in Social Science

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How to Conduct Qualitative Research in Social Science

9781035332083 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Pranee Liamputtong, Professor of Behaviour Sciences, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Vietnam
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 208 3 Extent: 246 pp
Explaining both the theoretical and practical aspects of doing qualitative research, the book uses examples from real-world research projects to emphasise how to conduct qualitative research in the social sciences. Pranee Liamputtong draws together contributions covering qualitative research in cultural and medical anthropology, sociology, gender studies, political science, criminology, demography, economic sciences, social work, and education.

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This book offers insights into key research-based strategies that can help to alleviate global challenges faced by both individuals and groups in society. Focusing on conducting qualitative research, the chapters highlight an approach for understanding human thoughts and actions, and examining how things actually function in society.

Explaining both the theoretical and practical aspects of doing qualitative research, the book uses examples from real-world research projects to emphasise how to conduct qualitative research in the social sciences. Pranee Liamputtong draws together contributions covering qualitative research in cultural and medical anthropology, sociology, gender studies, political science, criminology, demography, economic sciences, social work, and education. Each chapter discusses the essence of a discipline before examining the contribution of qualitative enquiry and then interrogating traditional qualitative research methods as well as emerging or innovative methods.

This will be an invigorating read for students and scholars of the social sciences. Its combination of theoretical and practical insights will also be essential for qualitative researchers.

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Contributors: Richard Chenhall, Radhika Chugh, Ernestina Coast, Selen Ercan, Catherine Flynn, Kristen Foley, John Forrest, Jennifer Gao, Natalie Jovanovski, Louise Keogh, Pranee Liamputtong, Belinda Lunnay, Sarah MacLean, Rishita Nandagiri, Katie Nelson, Mirjana Radovic-Markovic, Sara Randall, Kate Senior, Joe Strong, Max Travers, Ariadne Vromen, Paul Ward 
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Contents:

Preface xii
1 Qualitative research in the social sciences: setting the scene 1
Pranee Liamputtong
2 ‘Theory’ in qualitative research: a framework that
synthesises existing academic advice 14
Louise Keogh, Natalie Jovanovski, Sarah MacLean and
Richard Chenhall
3 Conducting qualitative research in cultural anthropology 35
Katie Nelson and John Forrest
4 Qualitative methods in medical anthropology 55
Richard Chenhall and Kate Senior
5 Qualitative research in sociology: ‘seeing’ social class in
qualitative data 74
Belinda Lunnay, Kristen Foley and Paul R. Ward
6 Qualitative research in Women’s and Gender Studies: the
‘radical focus group’ as feminist praxis 93
Natalie Jovanovski
7 Qualitative research in political science 115
Selen A. Ercan and Ariadne Vromen
8 Conducting qualitative research in criminology 132
Max Travers
9 Qualitative research in demography: marginal and
marginalised 147
Joe Strong, Rishita Nandagiri, Sara Randall and
Ernestina Coast
10 Qualitative methods in economic sciences 164
Mirjana Radović-Marković
11 Qualitative methods in social work 182
Catherine Flynn
12 Conducting qualitative research in education 204
Jennifer Gao and Radhika Chugh

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