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.

Applying qualitative research in practice


In this chapter we draw together all of the issues discussed throughout the book by considering the practical application of qualitative research to the ‘real world’. We present an ideological discussion about the value of research as a mechanism for generating new knowledge and theory versus a growing emphasis on evidence-based practice which demands practical application of research findings. In this age of austerity, funding bodies are placing pressure on researchers to indicate the potential applicability of their projects at the conception stage. This can be challenging for some qualitative researchers as it is contrary to the fundamental epistemic understanding of knowledge generation that is central to some approaches. Some academics would argue for the value of theoretical knowledge ...

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