Thoroughly revised, the Second Edition of A Guide to Qualitative Field Research provides novice researchers with comprehensive and accessible instructions for conducting qualitative field research. Using rich examples from classic ethnographies to help bring abstract principles alive, author Carol A. Bailey thoroughly explains the entire research process from selecting a topic to writing the final manuscript, and all of the steps in between!
New to the Second Edition:Offers Ten Techniques for Analyzing Data: Step-by-step instructions on how to use various techniques for analyzing data are provided that demystify what is often an overwhelming activity. There are three chapters devoted to ten techniques, including descriptions, typologies, taxonomies, visual representations, themes, story telling, critical events, and analytic induction.; Provides Increased Coverage of Ethics: Ethical issues in field research are examined, including the American Sociological Association's Code of Ethics in a new Chapter 2. This coverage illuminates that ethical concerns are always present and ethical dilemmas are not always easily resolved.; Includes New Discussions of Paradigms: More coverage of paradigms is given as well as their implications for the research enterprise, sampling, reflexivity, member checks, triangulation, and criteria for evaluating field research. This new edition has been significantly reorganized and expanded with a greater focus on the role of theory.
Clearly written, this accessible text is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying qualitative methods and evaluation research across the social sciences.
Chapter 11: Storytelling, Critical Events, and Analytic Induction
Storytelling, Critical Events, and Analytic Induction
This chapter presents three additional techniques for analyzing data: storytelling, critical event analysis, and analytic induction. As before, these strategies overlap with each other and with those presented in earlier chapters. The chapter ends with brief comments on interpreting the results of an analysis.
“Once upon a time” (Grimm & Grimm, 1955), “It was a dark and stormy night” (Bulwer-Lytton, 1830), and “Call me Ishmael” (Melville, 1851) are easily recognized beginnings to a fairy tale and novels. “Hakim Hasan is a book vendor and street intellectual at the busy intersection of Eight Street, Greenwich Avenue, and the Avenue of the Americas—aka Sixth Avenue” (Duneier, 1999, p. 3), and “I was forced into crack against my ...