Recently in a graduate class I was teaching, a question was asked about whether researchers conducted ethnography anymore. The concern seemed to stem from how much time it took to conduct ethnography. Who has the time and money to spend six years in a field setting as sociologist Alice Goffman (2014) did for her study? … Continue reading Interrogating ethnography
When a manuscript is rejected by a journal editor, it is easy to feel discouraged, and even give up on a manuscript altogether. Don't despair! Another question to ask is: what is it that journal editors want? In fact, rather than being a mystery, there is much insight into what journal editors want to be … Continue reading What do journal editors want?
How do qualitative researchers locate potential participants for a study? What approaches might be used to recruit people? Clearly the easiest way to recruit people is to ask people you already know to participate in your study. This is potentially fraught with difficulty, however, since this is known as “convenience sampling”, which is typically perceived … Continue reading Recruiting participants for a qualitative research study
Numerous scholars have written about qualitative data — what counts as data, how to collect and generate it, how to analyze it, or even do without it (Brinkmann, 2014). As one might expect from the title, Uwe Flick’s newly-published edited volume, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection (Flick, 2018) aims to discuss questions to … Continue reading Guides for collecting and analyzing qualitative data