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Helen Brooks
Penny Bee
, and
Anne Rogers

A Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers Chapter 7: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods Helen Brooks, Penny Bee and Anne Rogers Chapter overview The term ‘qualitative research’ encompasses a wide range of different methods. What underpins these is a shared aim of understanding the meaning people attribute to experiences in their lives. It has been defined as an ‘interpretive approach concerned with understanding the meanings which people attach to actions, decisions, beliefs, values within their social world’ (Ritchie and

in A research handbook for patient and public involvement researchers
Martyn Hammersley

5 The influence of ethnomethodology on qualitative research methods As I indicated in earlier chapters, ethnomethodology arose, in large part, from Garfinkel’s concern with some fundamental methodological problems facing social science. It should not be surprising, then, that one of the fields where his work has had the greatest impact has been that of research methodology. Yet, Garfinkel himself has written very little that could be classified as falling under this heading. In the 1960s and 1970s, many sociologists – and researchers in other areas – had their

in The radicalism of ethnomethodology
Mattias Frey
Sara Janssen

This introduction to the Film Studies special issue on Sex and the Cinema considers the special place of sex as an object of inquiry in film studies. Providing an overview of three major topic approaches and methodologies – (1) representation, spectatorship and identity politics; (2) the increasing scrutiny of pornography; and (3) new cinema history/media industries studies – this piece argues that the parameters of and changes to the research of sex, broadly defined, in film studies reflect the development of the field and discipline since the 1970s, including the increased focus on putatively ‘low’ cultural forms, on areas of film culture beyond representation and on methods beyond textual/formal analysis.

Film Studies

This handbook is written for patients and members of the public who want to understand more about the approaches, methods and language used by health-services researchers. Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is now a requirement of most major health-research programmes, and this book is designed to equip these individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful participation. Edited by award-winning mental-health researchers, the book has been produced in partnership with mental-health-service users and carers with experience of research involvement. It includes personal reflections from these individuals alongside detailed information on quantitative, qualitative and health-economics research methods, and comprehensively covers all the basics needed for large-scale health research projects: systematic reviews; research design and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative approaches; health economics; research ethics; impact and dissemination. This book was developed during a five-year research programme funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) called Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP). The handbook clearly outlines research practices, and gives an insight into how public and patient representatives can be involved in them and shape decisions. Each chapter ends with a reflective exercise, and there are also some suggested sources of additional reading. People who get involved in health research as experts from experience now have a textbook to support their research involvement journey.

Open Access (free)
Phoebe Shambaugh

After a special curated issue on humanitarian history and communications ( JHA , 3:2) and a themed one on the politics of infectious disease ( JHA , 3:3), it is therefore apt that the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs publishes a general issue of articles that challenge us to think with both new research methods and partnerships, and to reflect on the events which have brought us here. If there is a thread which runs through this issue, perhaps it is most concretely focused on the relationship between humanitarianism – as an ideology, a discourse and a practice

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Gender Norm Change during Displacement?
Michelle Lokot

. Letherby , G. ( 2003 ), Feminist Research in Theory and Practice ( Buckingham : Open University Press ). Liamputtong , P. ( 2007 ), Researching the Vulnerable. A Guide to Sensitive Research Methods ( London : Sage ). Malkki , L. H

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Singing or speaking or both?
Håkan Lundström
Jan-Olof Svantesson

the research method tried out here; but the results could suggest changes or additions to existing software. The development of mechanical transcription that communicates intuitively with researchers in both linguistics and musicology is an important task for the future. 43 It is not so much a question of replacing human transcription with mechanical transcription – this may not even be possible – but more a matter of developing the existing technology as far as possible in a direction that minimizes time

in In the borderland between song and speech
Martin Barker
Clarissa Smith
, and
Feona Attwood

by the rise of computer-based research methods, which have made their (and indeed our) kind of research significantly easier. Typically, in its contemporary form, it works by offering respondents a table of sentences that they are asked to sort along two dimensions: agreement; and importance. These sentences are constructed from a ‘cultural trawl’ – that is, a wide search of circulating materials for main issues and debates attaching to the topic. Sorts are then subjected to statistical cluster analyses to disclose patterns. It is clear that in some respects our

in Watching Game of Thrones
Nicole Vitellone

knowledge about the condom and sexuality post AIDS. The aim of the chapter is to question the research methods used by social scientists to evaluate adolescent sexual behaviour and condom use. In particular, I analyse the consequences of qualitative research methods and their impact on the construction of adolescent sexuality. My concern in this chapter is not the content of condom stories (see Chapters 6 and 7) but the production of safer sex narratives. In examining research on condom use I show how the issue of gay and lesbian invisibility raised in relation to the

in Object matters
Anna Hickey-Moody

Introduction In this chapter, I explain my research methods. They primarily consist of a multi-sited ethnography, which I extend with arts-based methods for young research participants. Arts-based methods are an excellent way of communicating complex information. Life experiences are not always able to be expressed in words, and often my research participants speak languages

in Faith stories