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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.

Intended Audience:

Clearly written, this accessible text is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying qualitative methods and evaluation research across the social sciences.

Interviews
Interviews

In addition to making detailed observations and keeping notes on conversations with participants, field researchers collect verbal data through interviews. In this chapter, I am making a distinction between interviews and talk that occurs in the course of everyday events in a setting. In both cases, the field researcher may be involved. However, in an interview, the field researcher asks questions for the purpose of seeking information directly related to the research. This may or may not be the case with questions that the researcher might ask at any given moment during routine interactions.

Although speaking with others comes easily to some of us, interviews conducted for the purposes of field research require some practice, as well as the ability to adapt to changing settings ...

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