This accessible book explores and demonstrates methodological tools used to guide qualitative relationships research, especially studies of interpersonal communication. Researching Interpersonal Relationships introduces both classic and cutting-edge methodological approaches for qualitative inquiry and analysis, including opening chapters with accessible overviews of interpretive theory and research design. Additional chapters feature a detailed overview of a specific method and analytical tool and are illustrated by original research studies from leading scholars in the field, each in a different interpersonal communication context. Post-study interviews with the researchers are also provided to allow new and experienced researchers a better understanding of how qualitative research approaches can expand and solidify understandings of personal relationships. This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research, and it makes a welcome addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate student classrooms as well as any serious qualitative relationships researcher's bookshelf.

Understanding Personal Relationships through an Interpretivist-Oriented Lens

Understanding personal relationships through an interpretivist-oriented lens

We spend considerable time in this opening chapter identifying and unpacking the metatheoretical elements that come together to make up an overarching body of interpretivist theory. Interpretivist theory collectively refers to the metatheoretical elements of interpretivism in all of its various traditions, much like communication theory is an umbrella used to collectively describe the various traditions that come together to constitute communication studies. We also make use of the term interpretivist-oriented qualitative research to acknowledge the full range of metatheoretical perspectives associated with qualitative research and to recognize that qualitative data can also be considered through realist paradigms such as postpositivism. As that indicates, the forms of qualitative analysis we examine in ...

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