It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).

Qualitative Methods in Social Work – a Review

Qualitative Methods in Social Work – a Review

After situating methods in a brief historical milieu, we set out what is known about present qualitative research patterns, practices and trends in social work. Within that context we ask how far we can trace emerging developments, and whether such trends should be seen as innovatory. In thinking about patterns, practices and trends we approach the question in two ways.

First, we present an empirical analysis of qualitative research methods in social work in the decade leading up to this book. We suggest a good-enough way of distinguishing one method from another – good enough for here and now.

Second, we set out and assess the formulation of a sequence of ‘moments’ in ...

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