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.

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Introduction

In contemporary society there has been an evolution of digital technology. In this chapter we present central debates that have evolved alongside this development by considering the relationship between technology and qualitative research. Undoubtedly the depth and richness of data have been promoted through the rise of audio equipment, capable of capturing the details of people’s lives beyond the researcher’s notes. However, the speed with which technology has moved now means that we have new ways to record visual as well as audio data, and with the rise of the smartphone, the computer and the internet, the options available to researchers have significantly extended. In this chapter we provide a critical discussion of how this has enabled researchers to record participants ...

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