The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Patricia Leavy

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Patricia Leavy






15 Jul 2014


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The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field. The first two sections explore the history of the field, ethics, and philosophical/theoretical approaches. The next three sections focus on the major methods of qualitative practice as well as newer approaches (such as arts-based research and internet research); area studies often excluded (such as museum studies and disaster studies); and mixed methods and participatory methods (such as community-based research). The next section covers key issues including data analysis, interpretation, writing and assessment. The final section offers a commentary about politics and research and the move towards public scholarship.


Preface 1. Introduction Patricia Leavy Part One: The Qualitative Tradition 2. Historical Overview of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences Svend Brinkmann, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, and Søren Kristiansen 3. The History of Historical-Comparative Methods in Sociology Chares Demetriou and Victor Roudometof 4. The Centrality of Ethics in Qualitative Research Anna Traianou Part Two: Approaches to Qualitative Research 5. Philosophical Approaches to Qualitative Research Renée Spencer, Julia M. Pryce, and Jill Walsh 6. Applied Interpretive Approaches Sally E. Thorne 7. The Grounded Theory Method Antony Bryant 8. Feminist Qualitative Research: Toward Transformation of Science and Society Maureen C. McHugh 9. Critical Approaches to Qualitative Research Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Peter Chua, and Dana Collins 10. Decolonizing Research Practice: Indigenous Methodologies, Aboriginal Methods, and Knowledge/Knowing Mike Evans, Adrian Miller, Peter Hutchinson, and Carlene Dingwall Part Three: Narrative Inquiry, Field Research, and Interview Methods 11. Practicing Narrative Inquiry Arthur P. Bochner and Nicholas A. Riggs 12. Ethnography Anthony Kwame Harrison 13. The Purposes, Practices, and Principles of Autoethnographic Research Carolyn Ellis and Tony E. Adams 14. Unstructured and Semi-Structured Interviewing Svend Brinkmann 15. Oral History Interviewing: Issues and Possibilities Valerie J. Janesick 16. Focus Group Research: Retrospect and Prospect George Kamberelis and Greg Dimitriadis 17. Museum Studies Erica L. Tucker Part Four: Text, Arts-Based, and Internet Methods 18. Content Analysis Lindsay Prior 19. Photography as a Research Method Gunilla Holm 20. Arts-Based Research Practice: Merging Social Research and the Creative Arts Gioia Chilton and Patricia Leavy 21. Qualitative Approaches in Internet-Mediated Research: Opportunities, Issues, Possibilities Claire Hewson Part Five: Multi-Method, Mixed-Method, and Participatory Designs 22. Case Study Research: In-Depth Understanding in Context Helen Simons 23. Program Evaluation Paul R. Brandon and Anna L. Ah Sam 24. Community-Based Research: Understanding the Principles, Practices, Challenges, and Rationale Margaret R. Boyd 25. Lineages: A Past, Present, and Future of Participatory Action Research Sarah M. Zeller-Berkman 26. Qualitative Disaster Research Brenda D. Phillips 27. Conducting Mixed Methods Research: Using Dialectical Pluralism and Social Psychological Strategies R. Burke Johnson, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Susan A. Tucker, and Marjorie L. Icenogle Part Six: Analysis, Interpretation, Representation, and Evaluation 28. Coding and Analysis Strategies Johnny Saldaña 29. Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research Christina Silver and Ann F. Lewins 30. Interpretation Strategies: Appropriate Concepts Allen Trent and Jeasik Cho 31. Writing Up Qualitative Research Jane F. Gilgun 32. Evaluating Qualitative Research Jeasik Cho and Allen Trent Part Seven: Conclusion: Politics and the Public 33. The Politics of Research Michael D. Giardina and Joshua I. Newman 34. A Brief Statement on the Public and the Future of Qualitative Research Patricia Leavy


Edited by Patricia Leavy , PhD, Sociologist, Researcher, and Author

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is a leading researcher, acclaimed author, and public speaker.She has published a dozen non-fiction books including the best-seller Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies, Fiction as Research Practice and Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research as well as two academic novels, American Circumstance and Low-Fat Love. She is the editor for four book series, is frequently called on by the media, has appeared on national television and radio, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. The New England Sociological Association named Leavy the 2010 New England Sociologist of the Year and she has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry and a Special Achievement award by the American Creativity Association. In 2018, she received the Distinguished Service Outside The Profession Award given by the National Art Education Association.


"Patricia Leavy has pulled together an impressive collection of essays from many of the leading scholars in qualitative inquiry. Including pieces that reflect more traditional as well as the most cutting edge work in qualitative research, this book will be a joy to use in the classroom and a necessary resource for any researcher working with qualitative methods." --Ronald J. Pelias, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University

"A book of quality and utility. Indeed everything you need to know about Qualitative Research but were too afraid to ask." --Carl Bagley PhD FRSA, Professor of Educational Sociology and Head of the School of Education, Durham University, United Kingdom

"The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research comes at just the right moment in the qualitative endeavor. At the threshold of the 21st Century, when existing disciplines are exploring new frontiers and transdisciplinarity stretches the limits of inquiry and understanding, Patricia Leavy's Handbook strengthens our grasp of philosophical and practical foundations. At the same time, we discover in this volume an enthusiastic advancement of innovative strategies and tools toward creating new and useful knowledge for the complex challenges that researchers face. Leavy's handbook is already the preferred bookmark for my own research and will become a required text for my students for years to come." --Candace Jesse Stout, Professor of Art Education at The Ohio State University