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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761958231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761958239
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 17.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Silverman trained as a sociologist at the London School of Economics and the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught for 32 years at Goldsmiths', University of London. He is interested in conversation and discourse analysis and he has researched medical consultations and HIV-test counselling.

He is the author of Interpreting Qualitative Data (Fourth Edition,2012), Doing Qualitative Research (Third Edition,2010) and A Very Short, Fairly Interesting, Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research (2007). He is the editor of Qualitative Research (Third Edition,2011) and the Sage Series, Introducing Qualitative Methods. In recent years, he has offered short, hands-on workshops in qualitative research for universities in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Now retired from full-time work, David aims to watch one hundred days of cricket a year. He also enjoys voluntary work in an old people's home where he sings with residents with dementia and strokes.


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`Written by one the leading international figures in qualitative research, this book is an exceedingly thoughtful, practical and comprehensive presentation of the world of qualtiative research and how it is done. It speaks to all levels of users, from the beginning research student, to the seasoned scholar, to the PhD student who is writing and defending the qualtiative dissertation' - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

`Written by a leading figure in the field, this easily accessible book leads students and researchers to the secrets of the art and craft of qualitative research. Through discussions, research examples and exercises it shows readers step by step not only how to do qualitative research but how to do it well' - Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere

`I am very impressed with this book. David Silverman delivers a clear, no-nonsense guide to some of the most difficult problems of undertaking research. The book deals with all the issues of putting together, executing and submitting research, for higher degrees and for publication. This is done within the context of important methodological issues and gives students the ability to make informed decisions and the tools with which to defend the decisions that they have taken. If you intend to do or supervise research, buy this book!' - Dr Will Hughes, Dept of Construction Management, University of Reading

`I would have no hesitation at all in enthusiastically recommending the book for the mass of thoughtful advice it contains' - Leisure Studies Association Newsletter

`A gem of a book! This is the perfect primer for novice qualitative researchers. It expertly covers the "nuts and bolts" issues so often neglected in other texts without ignoring the role of theoretical imagination. I plan to recommend it to all my students' - Jay Gubrium, University of Florida

About the Author

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a PhD on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970.

Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997).

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful PhD students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.


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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec 1999
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I am very impressed with this book. David Silverman delivers a clear, no-nonsense guide to some of the most difficult problems of undertaking research. The book deals with all the issues of putting together, executing and submitting research, for higher degrees and for publication. This is done within the context of important methodological issues and gives students the ability to make informed decisions and the tools with which to defend the decisions that they have taken. If you intend to do or supervise research, buy this book!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on 28 Oct 2004
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I recently had to complete my Masters dissertation and as part of my study I wanted to do some qualitative research to surface the ideologies, beliefs and values present in a management team. Having previously only ever used quantitative methods this was something that I found very daunting. For example, I had no idea how I would go about extracting some kind of standardised results for comparison from qualitative research data (interview transcripts, in this case). To a confirmed quantitative researcher this seemed like an impossible task.
Thankfully this book explained exactly how I should go about my research, how to codify transcripts to create comparable data sets and also some of the perils and pitfalls of qualitative research that I should watch out for. If that wasn't enough, the book is also written in plain English and presents the concepts of qualitative research in a clear and concise way. One hour with this book and I was a changed man!
To say the book was invaluable to me would be an understatement; I would have to rate it as the single most important tool used during the development of my dissertation. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone undertaking qualitative research.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb 2001
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The easy style of writing and the information contained in the well-defined chapters make Doing Qualitative Research the first text I reach for when I want to know how to proceed with my PhD study. I find it more helpful than all other books on my reading lists as I need access quickly to a variety of topics with no time to read in depth. The concise nature of this text enables me to have questions answered effectively without having to wade through pages and pages of theory to find the one sentence that is the answer to my query.
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By j tune on 2 Mar 2013
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This is good quality and a good buy for anyone studying the subject matter I would recommend it to anyone with an interest.
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an introduction to a qualitative research degree 4 Jan 2001
By S Smart - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a good introduction to some of the practicalites of qualitative research for a research degree. Thus much of the book is about research managment and structuring a thesis, issues which are relatively uncommon in books on qualitative research. What it does, it does very well. It does not offer an introduction to qualitative research and the comments on this field are very much from the perspective of Silverman's own research area, conversation analysis. Nonetheless I have found it a very helpful complement to more theoretical qualitative research texts.
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Best book to understand qualitative research or case study 10 Jun 2004
By Digger - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book on qualitative research I could get hold of to write my thesis. It explains the topics in a very easy to understand manner, especially the theories behind the scenes. It gives very good examples. And the biggest fact is that this book is interesting to read, even with all the dry topics. I really liked the comparison of final chapter of thesis with the ending of a classical symphony.
Very encouraging and helpful. 19 Sep 2005
By E. Tsui - Published on Amazon.com
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I am new to qualitative research and have been looking for a good guidebook to help me start. Most of the qualitative research reference books I came across have been quite philosophical and not yet taking me through the step. This one is different and it is exactly what I need. Although it is a bit hard to follow at first, the chapters become shorter and easier to digest. I quite like Silverman's encouraging tone and practical suggestions. Some examples are quite difficult to follow, perhaps because of cultural difference. I hope the second edition has improvement over this.
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