Building on the success of David Silverman's Interpreting Qualitative Data, this book assembles a well-known international team of researchers who share a commitment to rigorous, analytically derived but nonpolarized, qualitative research. Each contribution reflects on the analysis of each of the kinds of data discussed in Interpreting Qualitative Data - observations, texts, talk and interviews - with the contributors using particular examples of data-analysis to advance analytic arguments. Common themes include: the centrality of the relationship between analytic perspectives and methodological issues; the need to broaden our conception of qualitative research beyond issues of subjective 'meaning' and towards issues of langua
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About the Author
David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. 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 Ph D 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 Ph D students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. David regularly runs qualitative research workshops for five universities in Sydney and Brisbane. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Since 2000, he has done voluntary work with people with dementia. resident in an old people’s home Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION - David SilvermanPART TWO: OBSERVATIONEthnography - Nicolas Dodier and Isabelle Baszanger Relating the Part to the WholeBuilding Bridges - Gale Miller The Possibility of Analytic Dialogue between Ethnography, Conversation Analysis and FoucaultPART THREE: TEXTSAnalysing Documentary Realities - Paul Atkinson and Amanda CoffeyFollowing in Foucault's Footsteps - Lindsay Prior Text and Context in Qualitative ResearchEthnomethodology and Textual Analysis - Rod WatsonPART FOUR: INTERVIEWSThe 'Inside' and the 'Outside' - Jody Miller and Barry Glassner Finding Realities in InterviewsActive Interviewing - James A Holstein and Jaber F GubriumMembership Categorization and Interview Accounts - Carolyn BakerPART FIVE: AUDIO AND VIDEODiscourse Analysis as a Way of Analyzing Naturally Occurring Talk - Jonathan PotterConversation Analysis and Institutional Talk - John Heritage Analysing DataThe Analysis of Activities in Face to Face Interaction Using Video - Christian HeathPART SIX: VALIDITYReliability and Validity in Research Based on Transcripts - Anssi PerakylaPART SEVEN: SOCIAL PROBLEMSAddressing Social Problems through Qualitative Research - Michael BloorPART EIGHT: POSTSCRIPTTowards an Aesthetics of Research - David Silverman