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Canadian Scholars’ Press
412 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
December 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380971


Overview

An edited collection packed with advice, exercises, and anecdotes, The Craft of Qualitative Research is a practical, introductory guide that will develop students’ skills and confidence in qualitative research. Accessible in style and tone, this text equips students with the tools needed to manage and overcome challenges, emotions, biases, and power dynamics in the field. To encourage experiential learning, 45 concise chapters include real-world examples and practical exercises from scholars and professionals in varying disciplines and stages of career. Each section begins with an editors’ introduction then takes readers through the steps of successful qualitative research: from planning projects ethically and entering the field, to collecting and analyzing data, and lastly, to exiting the field and disseminating findings. Students in research-reliant disciplines, particularly sociology, anthropology, criminology, social work, and health studies, will benefit from this distinctly practical resource.

FEATURES

  • offers material accessible to both inexperienced and experienced researchers
  • offers readers focused, experiential case studies exploring key stages of the research process in an in-depth fashion

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction: Invitation to the Craft of Qualitative Research 1

Steven W. Kleinknecht, Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, and Carrie B. Sanders

SECTION I. PLANNING YOUR PROJECT

Chapter 1. “The Person Behind the Research:” Reflexivity and the Qualitative
Research Process 10

Kalyani Thurairajah

Chapter 2. The Role of Unpredictability in Ethnographic Fieldwork 17

Mark S. Dolson

Chapter 3. Collateral Damage: Preparing Your Friends and Family for Your
Ethnography 25

Tony Christensen

Chapter 4. The Story of Dr. Charles Smith: An Exercise in Rolling Thematic
Analysis 32

Chris McCormick

SECTION II. NAVIGATING ETHICAL DILEMMAS

Chapter 5. Living Your Ethics: “It’s” Not Just a Dusty Document 46

Kerstin Roger and Javier Mignone

Chapter 6. Observing Teens: Negotiating Power and Opportunity During Field
Research 53

Katherine Irwin

Chapter 7. Doing Research Undercover: Interviewing Protesters 60

Gül Çalışkan

Chapter 8. Social Regulation and Ethics in Research 67

Will van den Hoonaard

SECTION III. MANAGING INSIDER/OUTSIDER STATUS WHILE GAINING ACCESS

Chapter 9. An Insider’s Perspective on Research with Policewomen in
Canada 78

Lesley J. Bikos

Chapter 10. Politics and Tensions of Doing Transgender Research: Lessons
Learned by a Straight-White-Cisgender Man 85

Matthew S. Johnston

Chapter 11. Researching Truck Drivers: Difficult Data Collection and Proving
Oneself Amidst a Culture of Suspicious Masculinity 92

Michael A. Fleming

Chapter 12. “You’re an Alien to Us”: Autoethnographic Accounts of Two
Researchers’ Experiences in an Organizational Setting 98

Cathlene Hillier and Emily Milne

SECTION IV. EXPERIENCING EMOTIONS WHILE ESTABLISHING TRUST AND RAPPORT

Chapter 13. Using a Qualitative Approach in Applied Military Personnel
Research 107

Justin Wright

Chapter 14. Navigating Emotions While Establishing Trust and Rapport in
Autoethnography 114

Colleen McMillan

Chapter 15. Personal Reputation as an “In” to Field Research Settings 121

Steven W. Kleinknecht

Chapter 16. “You Are Not Allowed to Be Here…”: Ethnography of Rejection, Shame, and Hurt 127

Thaddeus Müller

Chapter 17. Doing Research on Behind-the-Scenes Phenomena: Entering the
Female Escort Industry 133

Magdalena Wojciechowska

SECTION V. DOING OBSERVATION

Chapter 18. “Going Through the (E)motions”: Attending to Social Location and
Emotionality in Observational Studies of Police 144

Crystal Weston and Carrie B. Sanders

Chapter 19.Reconsidering Relations in the Field: Attending to Dominance
Processes in the Ethnographic Encounter 152

Scott Grills

Chapter 20. Minding the Gap at the Limits of Observation 160

Kritee Ahmed

Chapter 21. Tips and Tricks for Writing Reflexive Field Notes When Doing Team- Based Rapid Ethnographic Research 167

Krystal Kehoe MacLeod

SECTION VI. DOING INTERVIEWS

Chapter 22. “Show and Tell”: Using Objects as Visual Interview Guides in
Qualitative Interviewing 178

Kathleen Steeves and Deana Simonetto

Chapter 23. Interactional Strategies of Interview Participants and Their Sense of
Self 185

Deborah K. van den Hoonaard

Chapter 24. “Opening Access” to Open-Access Editors: Communication
Technologies in Long Distance Interviewing 193

Taylor Price and Antony Puddephatt

Chapter 25. Conducting Phenomenological Interviews 200

Ellen Rose

Chapter 26. A Reflection on Challenges and Negotiation in the Context of
International Fieldwork 207

Abhar Rukh Husain

SECTION VII. COLLECTING OTHER FORMS OF DATA

Chapter 27.Listening to Streets and Watching Paint Dry: Collecting Other Forms of Data 218

Deborah Landry

Chapter 28. Doing Archival Research 225

Ariane Hanemaayer

Chapter 29. “Every Corner Tells a Story”: Using Neighbourhood Walks and GPS
to Understand Children’s Sense of Place 232

Bree Akesson

Chapter 30. Ethnography in Inaccessible Fields: Drawing on Visual Approaches to Understand the Private Space of the Home 237

Dawn Mannay

Chapter 31. Collecting Social Media Data in Qualitative Research 245

Meghan Lynch and Catherine Mah

SECTION VIII. ANALYZING YOUR DATA

Chapter 32. Reframing an Awkward Moment: A Comparison of Two Analytic
Strategies for Being Reflexive 256

Amber Gazso and Katherine Bischoping

Chapter 33. Making Sense of Your Data: From Paralysis to Theoretical
Engagement 263

Michael Adorjan

Chapter 34. “Dilemmas of Voice” in Community-Based HIV Research 271

Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo

Chapter 35. Analyzing Materiality 278

Carrie B. Sanders and Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott

Chapter 36. Tree Drawings: Visual Analysis and Representation of Queer Activist
Life History Research 288

Susan Diane

SECTION IX. LEAVING THE FIELD

Chapter 37. Leaving the Field/Can You Leave the Field? 304

Jeffrey van den Scott

Chapter 38. Negotiating Tensions in Exiting the Field of Critical Qualitative
Research 311

Sarah Benbow and Jodi Hall

Chapter 39. Leaving the Field Trajectories: Researching Hasidic Jews 319

William Shaffir

Chapter 40. On (Still) Being Emotionally Attached to the Field 326

Nichole Edwards

SECTION X. DISSEMINATING YOUR FINDINGS TO SCHOLARS AND OTHER AUDIENCES

Chapter 41. Communicating Your Ideas and Publishing Readable Texts 336

J. I. (Hans) Bakker

Chapter 42. Dissemination and Social Justice 342

Snežana Ratković and Bharati Sethi

Chapter 43. Promoting Qualitative Research in the Public Sphere: Lessons Learned from Online Criticisms 350

Chad Walker

Chapter 44. After the Fine Cut: Disseminating Video-Based Research 358

Sarah Abbott and Phillip Vannini

Chapter 45. Disseminating Qualitative Research in Media 365

Christopher J. Schneider

Contributors 373

Index 383

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