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The process of learning qualitative research has altered dramatically and this Handbook explores the growth, change, and complexity within the topic and looks back over its history to assess the current state of the art, and indicate possible future directions. Moving beyond textbook rehearsals of standard issues, the book examines key methodological debates and conflicts, approaching them in a critical, discursive manner.

Introduction
Introduction

Nobody, of course, is born knowing how to conceptualize research and plan for its eventualities. Still, too often when we do begin to plan our own research, a focus on a research ‘topic’ overrides attention to methods and methodology. But the methodologically articulate qualitative research of the twenty-first century demands care, caution, and attention to issues of why and how we carry out our research the way we do, not just what we do it ‘on.’ My own case in undertaking PhD research was one of methodological kismet, for when I began my career as a graduate student in the early 1990s I still had no idea that there was such a thing as ‘research design,’ and I couldn't distinguish between methods and methodologies. ...

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