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.


This book is intended for graduate students at all stages in the qualitative inquiry process, and other researchers who are in search of ways to match the best possible perspectives and approaches to their research focus and questions. It will be helpful for professors involved in graduate supervision, as well as for other researchers in the field.

The content of the book emerged from my own research and graduate supervision and was shaped more specifically from my 20 years of teaching qualitative inquiry courses to graduate students in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. For 15 years I have been teaching a course entitled ‘Interpretive Inquiry’, which over the years has included a rich cross-section of students from dietetics, education, epidemiology, geography, law, nursing, ...

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