Qualitative research design is continually evolving. It is not only more established in disciplines beyond the traditional social sciences in which it is a standard choice, but also just as impacted by the changes in what data, technologies, and approaches researchers are using. This Handbook takes readers through the foundational theories, functions, strategies, and approaches to qualitative research design, before showcasing how it negotiates different data and research environments and produces credible, actionable impact beyond the study. Containing contributions from over 90 top scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this Handbook is not just an anthology of different qualitative research designs and how/when to use them; it is a complete exploration of how and why these designs are shaped and how, why, and into what they are evolving. This is a valuable resource for Master's and PhD level students, faculty members, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines such as health, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and education. Volume One: Part I: Concepts of Designing Designs in Qualitative Research; Part 2: Theories and Epistemological Contexts of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 3: Elements of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 4: Basic Designs and Research Strategies in Qualitative Research; and Part 5: Mixing Methods in Designing Qualitative Research. Volume Two: Part 6: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Kinds of Data; Part 7: Designing Qualitative Online and Multimodal Research; Part 8: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Groups and Areas; Part 9: Designing Qualitative Research in Disciplinary Fields; and Part 10: Designing Qualitative Research for Impact.

Decolonising Qualitative Research Design1

Decolonising qualitative research design
Helen Moewaka Barnes Tim McCreanor


In this chapter, we co-create an indigenous and non-indigenous exploration of positionality with particular reference to research design and implementation, in the context of a Maori2 social science research group in Aotearoa3, or New Zealand. Our aim is to cover a range of relevant issues often cast in conventional scholarship as subjectivity, reflexivity (see Alvesson et al., Chapter 2, this Handbook), methodology, ethics (see Cannella, Chapter 22, this Handbook) and epistemology, from indigenous and decolonising standpoints (see also Chilisa and Phatshwane, Chapter 14, this Handbook). We will highlight the ways in which the tensions and challenges of social research play differently for indigenous and non-indigenous ...

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