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.

Ethnography, Dramaturgical Coding, and a Sexuality Study

Ethnography, dramaturgical coding, and a sexuality study

Ethnography, Participant Observation, and the Study of Relationships

The nature of ethnography requires that our approach to writing this chapter be different in some ways. Perhaps more than any other method covered in this book, ethnography requires the spirit of embracing possibility and being prepared for the twists and turns such studies tend to offer researchers. Whereas interviews, focus groups, and open-ended surveys embrace a sense of structure and allow for easier approaches to planning and adjustment, many times ethnographers will find that they must adjust in the field and make quick—and often unplanned—decisions about how to proceed or what path to follow. As we indicated in the first two chapters of this ...

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