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`Wengraf provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical guide to the planning, conduct, and interpretative analysis of data by semi-structured interviewing methods. Forthright and frank in his comments about the limitations and practical implications of varying choices which investigators have to make in designing their research projects. Reading this text is like having a tough but expert and caring mentor who wants you to do the best research possible, but will not hesitate to tell you when your ideology and assumptions skew that possibility' - Vincent W Hevern, Le Moyne College, USA Unique in its conceptual coherence and the level of practical detail, this book provides a comprehensive resource for those concerned with the practice of semi-structured interviewing, the most commonly used interview approach in social research, and in particular for in-depth, biographic narrative interviewing. It covers the full range of practices from the identification of topics through to strategies for writing up research findings in diverse ways.
This Third Edition of Uwe Flick's bestselling textbook has been fully revised, expanded, and updated but retains all of the student-friendly elements and carefully structured qualities of the previous edition. This new edition will ensure that An Introduction to Qualitative Research preserves its status as the essential introductory text for all students of qualitative research. Six new chapters have been added and updated discussions and references are incorporated throughout the text. Additional features to this edition include chapter overviews, case studies, lists of key points and end-of-chapter exercises.
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The qualitative approach to research has produced a remarkably wide range of thinking about how scholars should regard their phenomenon of interest, about what merits consideration as evidence of the phenomenon, about how to collect that evidence, and about how to look for patterns in that evidence. This book acknowledges the rich diversity in that thinking and seeks to illuminate the key issues in order to help readers navigate through the qualitative literature. On each issue, the author displays the extent of options available under the qualitative approach and illuminates each of these options with examples from the research literature. No other book illuminates such a wide range of issues (axioms of belief, strategies, and techniques) over such a range of research topics (the examination of institutions, people, and texts) in as many contexts (historical, analytical, and critical) for both the thinking and practices within the qualitative approach.
`This is an excellent book. It will be required reading on my methods courses' - Nigel Fielding, University of Surrey Students at postgraduate, and increasingly at undergraduate, level are required to undertake research projects and interviewing is the most frequently used research method. This book provides a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to interviewing. It covers all the issues that arise in interview work: theories of interviewing; design; application; and interpretation. Richly illustrated with relevant examples, each chapter includes handy statements of `advantages' and `disadvantages' of the approaches discussed.

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