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.

Phenomenological Inquiry

Phenomenological Inquiry

Phenomenology ‘focuses attention on the deeply embedded frameworks of tacitly known, taken-for-granted assumptions through which humans make sense of their lives’ (Yanow, 2006, p. 15). It is predicated on the work of Edward Husserl (1970), a transcendental phenomenologist, who theorized about how knowledge comes into being, and Martin Buber (1958), an existentialist, who believed that people cannot understand others the way they understand objects, but rather, human understanding requires a relationship of openness, participation, and empathy.

The use of phenomenology in research extends as far back as the 1950s, and became increasingly popular in the late 1970s and 1980s (Giorgi, 1970; van Manen, 1997b) because it embraces within its perspective the ethical concerns that were emerging at the time in qualitative research. It ...

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