SAGE has been a major force shaping the field of qualitative methods: not just in its specialist methods journals like Qualitative Inquiry but in the ‘empirical’journals such as Social Studies of Science. Delving into SAGE's deep backlist of qualitative research methods journals, Paul Atkinson and Sara Delmont, editors of Qualitative Research, have selected over seventy articles to represent SAGE's distinctive contribution to Methods publishing in general and qualitative research in particular. This collection includes research from the past four decades and addresses key issues or controversies, such as explanations and defences of qualitative methods; ethics; research questions and foreshadowed problems; access; first days in the field; field roles and rapport; practicalities of data collection and recording; data analysis; writing and (re) presentation; the rise of auto-ethnography; life history, narrative and autobiography; CA and DA; and alternatives to the logocentric (such as visual methods).

Editors' Introduction

Editors' introduction

Academics and academic book publishers enjoy continuing relationships based on enlightened self-interest. They are driven by interests and values that are sometimes mutually reinforcing and sometimes in conflict. Academic publishers need to publish books and journals, self-evidently: they are their stock-in-trade. Without books and journals, publishers would go out of business. While electronic publishing can change the forms of publishing to some extent, the necessity remains for publishers to produce a regular supply of books and journals. The imperative is commercial, of course. Publishers need not just to produce books and journals; they need to sell them. They need to sell to individuals and to institutions (such as university libraries). The individuals include practising academics and their students.

Publishers need to position themselves in ...

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