The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.
Chapter 1: Introduction
In this second edition of the Handbook we celebrate the amazing diversity and reach of qualitative research in psychology, its burgeoning innovations and its growing capacity to influence policy, practice and activism. Moving on from the first edition, we continue to witness a process of expansion of qualitative research going on in psychology, and growing recognition of its merits and usefulness – even in the USA where psychology's establishment had for so long been dismissive towards it. Elsewhere, including in Australasia, Europe, Canada, South America and South Africa – but especially in the UK – qualitative research has been growing for fifty years.
In the UK, for example, qualitative methods ...