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Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, Books a la Carte, 9th edition

  • Howard Lune
  • Bruce L. Berg

Published by Pearson (July 26th 2016) - Copyright © 2017

9th edition


For courses in Research Methods in Political Science and Sociology, and in Qualitative Research Methods


Raising questions, rather than giving answers

Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences is written with the recognition that different researchers in different fields each bring their own needs and intentions to the process. Howard Lune and Bruce Berg aim to guide the reader through the process of research planning, carrying out one’s projects, and making sense of the results. Each chapter provides examples of the best and worst approaches to the kinds of questions that arise with each form of research, as well as discussions of what makes an approach successful or not. Like its predecessors, the Ninth Edition stresses the importance of ethics in research and respect for subjects.


NOTE: This ISBN is for a Pearson Books a la Carte edition: a convenient, three-hole-punched, loose-leaf text. In addition to the flexibility offered by this format, Books a la Carte editions offer students great value, as they cost significantly less than a bound textbook.

Table of contents

1.  Introduction

2.  Designing Qualitative Research

3.  Ethical Issues in Research

4.  A Dramaturgical Look at Interviewing

5.  Focus Group Interviewing

6.  Ethnographic Field Strategies

7.  Participatory Action Research

8.  Unobtrusive Measures in Research

9.  Social Historical Research and Oral Traditions

10. Case Studies

11. An Introduction to Content Analysis

12. Writing Research: Finding Meaning in Data

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