This distinctive, nuanced book addresses the more complex theoretical issues embedded in the qualitative research paradigm. Adopting a reflective stance that emphasises the role of the researcher it carefully avoids a standardised ‘tick box’ approach to methods. Throughout each chapter, theory is powerfully and persuasively interwoven as its impact on practical topics such as data management and safety in the field is discussed. O’Reilly and Kiyimba bring an authority and clarity to the debate, taking us beyond the mechanical notions of qualitative methods and standardised approaches to research. Instead, they focus on subjects like methodological integrity, perspective driven data collection and theoretically-led analysis. This will be an important resource for anyone looking to practically engage with advanced qualitative research methods.

Theoretical issues in the qualitative paradigm

Introduction

Qualitative research is not discipline-specific and its progress and application have been influenced multi-directionally by academics/researchers from a range of backgrounds. Each of these disciplines has drawn from different philosophical traditions to inform their perspectives and their research practices. The history of qualitative research is complex and has developed in different parallel strands within different disciplines and different geographical locations. As Bernard (2011) argued, methods are not specific to disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, health or sociology, rather the questions asked about the human condition may differ between and across different disciplines, but the methods belong to us all.

This chapter introduces and focuses on the intra-paradigm differences within qualitative approaches, while paying some attention to inter-paradigm differences ...

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