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

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

Recently published qualitative studies

Below I provide introductions to recently published books that teach readers about human experiences from people whose voices have seldom been examined in scholarly literature.  In each study, researchers who were not members of the communities examined worked to collaborate with others to tell the stories of people who have frequently been marginalized in academic … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies

Using Screencasts in Teaching Qualitative Research

In the final course of the graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Qualitative Studies program at the University of Georgia, students learn about best practices for teaching qualitative research. One of the assignments is for students to teach a qualitative research concept of their choice by creating a screencast that could be integrated into a larger lesson … Continue reading Using Screencasts in Teaching Qualitative Research

Getting started with grant writing

This week, I welcome guest blogger, Judith Brauer, a Ph.D. student in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies program at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. In this post, Judith discusses the process entailed in writing proposals to seek funding for research, and provides further resources.   If you are a graduate student or work in … Continue reading Getting started with grant writing

Upcoming Event: Postgraduate Pre-Conference: 9 April 2018

For postgraduate students in the UK, the British Sociological Association's Postgraduate Forum is now taking registrations. This year's forum focuses on personal and practical challenges related to becoming a member of the academic community.  Personal and Practical Challenges: Becoming a Member of the Academic Community 9 April 2018 Northumbria University, UK This event is centered … Continue reading Upcoming Event: Postgraduate Pre-Conference: 9 April 2018

Guides for collecting and analyzing qualitative data

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

How to write a review

Reviewing is one of the tasks related to the ‘service’ side for those of us in academic positions. The task of reviewing typically entails reading a manuscript sent by an editor from a journal, providing written comments to the author (and editors should that be necessary), and submitting a recommendation to the editor/s. For manuscripts … Continue reading How to write a review

Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

In alphabetical order, here are some recently published texts on qualitative methods that you might want to add to your bookshelf. Enjoy... Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund's (2018) second edition of their popular book Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice is now available.  In this expanded and completely revised edition of the original text, … Continue reading Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

Triangulation in qualitative research

“Triangulation” is a term that is frequently mentioned in publications of qualitative studies. Typically, scholars mention “triangulation” in discussions to do with how the “quality” or “validity” of a study might be assured (e.g., Seale, 1999; Tracy, 2010). Where did the term “triangulation” come from, and how did it come to be used in qualitative … Continue reading Triangulation in qualitative research