Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology

 
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  • Why use qualitative research in psychology?
  • How is qualitative research in psychology carried out?
  • What are the major debates and unresolved issues surrounding this form of research?
Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology is a vital resource for students new to qualitative psychology. It offers a clear introduction to the topic by taking six different approaches to qualitative methods and explaining when each one should be used, the procedures and techniques involved, and any limitations associated with such research.

Throughout the new edition, material has been re-organized and updated to reflect developments in the field, however Carla Willig's style of writing, popular with students and lecturers alike, remains unchanged. The book examines:

  • Reflexivity and ethics
  • The benefits of the different approaches and comparisons of them
  • Appropriate ways of writing up research
This edition contains more interactive exercises and tasks in order to help students understand what they are learning, as well as three qualitative research reports with annotations highlighting key issues for novice researchers.

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About the Author:

Carla Willig lectures at City University, London, UK. She has been teaching courses on qualitative methods in psychology for many years. Her research and publications are concerned with the epistemology and application of discourse analytic work and, more recently, phenomenological research methods.

Contenuti:

List of boxes

chapter one: From recipes to adventures

How, and what, can we know?
Positivism
Empiricism
Hypothetico-deductivism
Critique of the ‘scientific method’
Feminist critique of established epistemologies
Social constructionism
Epistemology and methodology
Qualitative research
Overview of the book
Three epistemological questions
Further reading

chapter two: Qualitative research design

General principles of qualitative research design
The research question
Choosing the ‘right’ method
Semi-structured interviewing
Participant observation
Diaries
Focus groups
Further reading

chapter three: Grounded Theory

Basic principles of Grounded Theory
An example of Grounded Theory
Versions of Grounded Theory
Limitations of Grounded Theory as a method for psychological research
Three epistemological questions
Further reading

chapter four: Phenomenological methods

Phenomenology
The phenomenological method
Phenomenology and psychology
Descriptive phenomenology
Interpretative phenomenology
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Doing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Analysis of an individual case
Worked example
Integration of cases
Interpretation
Writing up
An example of IPA
Limitations of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Three epistemological questions
Conclusion
Further reading

chapter five: Case studies

Research methods for psychological case studies
Types of design for case study research
Procedural issues
An example of case study research
Limitations of case study research
Three epistemological questions
Conclusion
Further reading

chapter six: Discursive Psychology

The ‘turn to language’
Discursive Psychology and Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Discursive Psychology
An example of discourse analysis
Limitations of discursive psychology
Three epistemological questions
Further reading

chapter seven: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

Selecting texts for analysis
Procedural guidelines for the analysis of discourse
An illustration of the application of the six stages to an interview extract
Limitations of Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Three epistemological questions
Key differences between Discursive Psychology and Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Further reading

chapter eight: Working with memories

Narrative psychology
Memory work
Why memories?
Data collection and analysis
‘Saying sorry’: an example of data analysis in Memory Work
Limitations of Memory Work
Three epistemological questions
Conclusion
Further reading

chapter nine: Quality in qualitative research

What constitutes ‘good’ qualitative research?
Epistemology and evaluation
Evaluation of the methods introduced in this book
Some caveats
Opportunities and limitations in qualitative research
A word about technology
‘What’ and ‘how’
Further reading

Appendix one: What is understood by ‘dominance’? An interpretation through memories

Goran Petronic

Reflexive preface
Abstract
Introduction
Method
Participants
Procedure
Analysis of memories
Comparison of memories
Discussion
References

Appendix two: A qualitative study of the occurrence of abuse in one heterosexual and in one lesbian relationship

Kris dew Valour

Reflexive preface
Abstract
Introduction
Method
Reflexivity
Results
Discussion
References
Appendix

Appendix three: The emotional experience of looking at art : an observation in the National Gallery

Karolina Mörnsjö

Reflexive preface
Abstract
Introduction
Method
Setting
Participants
Ethical consideration
The paintings
Practical considerations
Analysis
Discussion
References

References
Index

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