Recently published: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research

The 5th edition of Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln’s (2018) edited volume, The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research was published earlier this year. I’ve now had a chance to look over a volume and compare it to the previous editions sitting on my book shelf. I recall consulting the first edition of the … Continue reading Recently published: The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research

Summer reading: Ethnography and power

Timothy Pachirat’s (2018) book, Among wolves: Ethnography and the immersive study of power, is one of a series edited by Dvora Yanow and Pergrine Schwartz-Shea. As stated by the editors, the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods focuses on interpretive methodology, and engages with three concerns: (1) methodological issues, (2) approaches and methods, and (3) applications … Continue reading Summer reading: Ethnography and power

Ethics and Interview Practice

Some years ago, I talked to a number of experienced qualitative researchers about how they used interviews in their research. There was a good deal of variation in how this group of researchers used interviews, and the kinds of interviews that they preferred to use (e.g., focus groups, phenomenological, ethnographic interviews etc.). One of the … Continue reading Ethics and Interview Practice

Ethics for Qualitative Research on Violence Against Women

Violence against women, defined as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women,” is a pervasive public health and human rights issue (World Health Organization, 2017). Research around violence against women, and violence research in general, seeks to understand the … Continue reading Ethics for Qualitative Research on Violence Against Women

Recently published qualitative studies

One of the bonuses of teaching qualitative research is getting to read examples of  how researchers design and conduct very different studies using different theoretical approaches. This past semester, I used several recently published studies with one of my qualitative research classes. These three qualitative studies demonstrate recent studies that use narrative inquiry, phenomenology, and … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies

Conducting qualitative interviews: The gap between prescriptions and practice

Over the past year I have been examining archival records from the administration of the Federal Writers’ Project, a work relief scheme undertaken as part of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s in the United States. I have been struck by the disparities in how different people enacted instructions provided to them with respect … Continue reading Conducting qualitative interviews: The gap between prescriptions and practice

Recruiting participants for a qualitative research study

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

Tips for formulating interview guides for semi-structured qualitative interviews (Part 2)

Developing interview guides goes hand-in-hand with reflecting on what you hope to learn. For any research study, you might start with two or research questions, and develop interview questions that will elicit information that will help you to examine the research questions posed. Here are a few more issues to think about as you develop … Continue reading Tips for formulating interview guides for semi-structured qualitative interviews (Part 2)

How to develop an interview guide (Part 1)

How do researchers take a topic and formulate a “good” interview guide? In this blogpost, I provide some tips for how to develop interview questions that (hopefully!) will facilitate rich, guided conversations in which interview participants discuss the topics that researchers want to examine. Considering the relationships between interviewers and interviewees First, researchers need to … Continue reading How to develop an interview guide (Part 1)