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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research (Very Short, Fairly Interesting & Cheap Books) [Paperback]

David Silverman
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15 Jan 2013 1446252183 978-1446252185 Second Edition
David Silverman's second edition provides a refreshing introduction to doing and debating qualitative research. An antidote to the standard textbook, this new edition shows how research can be methodologically inventive, empirically rigorous, theoretically-alive and practically relevant.

Using materials ranging from photographs to novels and newspaper stories, the book demonstrates that getting to grips with qualitative methods means asking ourselves fundamental questions about how we are influenced by contemporary culture. By drawing on examples from websites and social media in the new edition, Silverman's text acknowledges how our social worlds are changing and explores new arenas for data collection. A new Glossary of Received Ideas aims to challenge conventional understandings of terms central to qualitative research and will inform, amuse and stimulate readers.

This book is perfect pre-course reading for those new to research as well as seasoned researchers who want to reflect on their practice.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (15 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446252183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446252185
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Silverman guides the reader along an enlightening pathway, exploring current issues relevant to studying the minutia of social life through naturalistic data.
Sarah Seymour-Smith
Nottingham Trent University

A very short suggestion: read it immediately and discover how qualitative research is best carried out!
Lars Strannegard
Stockholm School of Economics


With this book it is Silverman's explicit intention to go beyond basic texts on research methods and elicit an interest in the arguments within the field of qualitative inquiry. In this sense, Silverman has achieved his goal of challenging accepted understandings of qualitative research methods. (Rachel Fang 2013-08-01)

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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5.0 out of 5 stars book 20 Jan 2014
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great book, very small print which explains why its a very small book in the field of research - easy to read
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time 4 Nov 2013
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This book was recommended by a tutor but in comparison to some other more popular research titles this book is next to useless for a first/second year midwifery student who needs a huge insight into qualitative research - better off with Sara Wickham's Appraising Research Into Childbirth and Nursing Research, Janet Houser's Nursing Research but best of all Steen and Roberts' The Handbook of Midwifery Research. The other book is like a personal life experience and view on qualitative research. Waste of time.
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