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.



Writing and communicating our research is painful for many of us; making sense can be a significant challenge, especially when there's something to be said for messiness itself, for not reducing the complex world to a few tidy research findings. My own first attempt to write about making sense as messy and unstable and as itself just as theoretically and epistemologically loaded as any other stage in the research process, appeared as a chapter called ‘Telling Materials’ (Crang, 2003), whose draft text is still labelled ‘D834’ in my files — the course number of the Open University postgraduate research methods training module in geography for which it was written. And as one of the other editors of this volume told me, the collection based ...

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