Conceived by Chris Grey and written to get you thinking, the “Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap” series offers an informal, conversational, accessible yet sophisticated and critical overview of what you find in conventional textbooks.

A Very Short Conclusion

Textbooks on qualitative research usually set out to cover basic or ‘nuts and bolts’ questions. They discuss the differences between quantitative and qualitative research and their relevance for particular research problems. They also show you the various kinds of data that we work with and discuss, in a basic way, how we go about analysing them. The more basic texts also walk you through elementary practical issues such as how to find a study population and how to carry out different kinds of interviews.

The aim of this book has been to offer you something quite different. I have tried to provide you with an entry into broader questions that many beginners' textbooks tend to gloss over. For instance, what is ...

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