Introducing Qualitative Research is an ideal starter text for those new to the field, providing thorough coverage of all the core areas of qualitative research practice. Rose Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter comes with a range of exercises and with excerpts of genuine qualitative data that help the reader get a good feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data. Barbour's hands-on explanatory style used throughout makes this the ideal textbook for students of qualitative methods courses in any social science discipline, and for students or novice researchers doing research projects using qualitative approaches.
Section 1: Introduction
This section of the book sets the scene by locating qualitative research vis-à-vis the debates that have surrounded its development. Chapter 1 takes a critical look at the scope and contribution of qualitative research, considering individual researchers’ dispositions as well as political and funding ...