Qualitative inquiry is not merely a research method or a series of analytic steps, but a holistic process that challenges the age-old qualitative/quantitative dichotomy. This book provides students and researchers with an approachable guide to a range of interpretive perspectives, including thematic, narrative, and arts-based types of inquiry. Fully revised and updated, the new Second Edition features:  • A brand new introduction firmly placing qualitative inquiry in context  • New further reading sections to guide you deeper into the relevant literature  • Expanded sections on auto-ethnography and technology  • A range of examples to demonstrate the application of research techniques Presenting a clear overview of the theory, method and interpretation involved in qualitative inquiry, this book is the ideal starting point for those engaging in arts-based qualitative research.

Thematic Perspectives

Thematic Perspectives

Thematic perspectives are predicated generally on the older forms of qualitative inquiry, although not exclusively, and informed by the ethnographic, phenomenological, grounded theory (GT), case study and action research approaches (see Chapter One, Table 1.1: Qualitative inquiry typology). Maxwell and Miller (2008) suggest that thematic forms of inquiry are based on paradigmatic/linear forms of thinking that strip away context from field texts in order to find commonalities across participants and/or settings. The trade-off is that to get a more common understanding of a phenomenon or experience, the context is lost to a large extent and in so doing, smooths out the uniqueness of each individual experience. As will be shown in Chapter Three, this trade-off can be very helpful if trying ...

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