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These four volumes provide a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the European tradition in qualitative research. The editors define ‘qualitative’ to refer to a broad range of procedures and operations used by sociologists and anthropologists in their interpretation and explanation of social and ethnographic data. The collection includes contributions from the classic tradition to contemporary work. The subjects addressed include: documentary methods; textual analysis; non-textual analysis; interviews; questionnaires; field observations; case study methods; qualitative analysis of small social units; comparative analysis; historical analysis; concept formation; classifying and constructing typologies; content analysis; model-building and verstehen methods.
The four volumes are organized as follows:
Volume 1: Collecting Data
This volume explores the use of personal written documents, newspaper analysis, the analysis of official documents, fiction, scientific texts, non-textual data analysis, ...
The present introduction does not by any means claim to put forward the full range of the theoretical issues, the methods and the techniques of the European tradition in qualitative research. Our aim is far more modest. We aim at putting forward a special point of view on the qualitative and quantitative debate and sorting out the specifications of this tradition. We will focus on three major aspects covering mostly the six sections of the present four volumes. The first deals with observation. We will outline the major stages of the formation of the tools ...