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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
Hakim Khaldi

postings of journalists, activists, analysts and armed groups on the internet. I also carried out qualitative research through interviews with different protagonists: in the north-west, with members of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) 2 – including one of the founders – and with MSF’s Head of Emergencies in Paris when the first relief operations were put in place in 2011 and 2012, as well as with the different MSF coordinators in charge

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Insight from Northeast Nigeria
Chikezirim C. Nwoke, Jennifer Becker, Sofiya Popovych, Mathew Gabriel, and Logan Cochrane

analyses a project in a protracted emergency context of northeast Nigeria to assess if gender transformative outcomes might be occurring. Notably, this is a volatile humanitarian context, despite being protracted, wherein new, large displacements were occurring throughout the time period, including during the project implementation cycle. Using a qualitative research approach, this study sought to examine if such outcomes were emerging, despite the challenging context of not only a conflict but also a global pandemic. We find indications of changes to decision

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Social media, parades and protests in Northern Ireland
Author: Paul Reilly

This book explores how social media are used by citizens to frame contentious parades and protests in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland. It provides the first in-depth analysis of how Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were used by citizens to contest the 2013 union flag protests and the Ardoyne parade dispute (2014 and 2015). An essential read for researchers interested in digital mis- and disinformation, it will examine how citizens engaged with false information circulating on these platforms that had the potential to inflame sectarian tensions during these contentious episodes. It also considers the implications of this online activity for efforts to build peace in deeply divided societies such as Northern Ireland.

The book uses a qualitative thematic approach to analyse Facebook, Twitter and YouTube content generated during the flag protests and Ardoyne parade dispute between 2012 and 2016. It also draws on semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders including bloggers, political commentators and communication officers from the main political parties, as well as the results of a qualitative content analysis of newspaper coverage of these contentious public demonstrations.

Martin Barker, Clarissa Smith, and Feona Attwood

. Although the rise of cultural-studies-influenced audience research connected strongly with a critique of experimental research procedures, based on near-linear models of communication, from the early days some researchers expressed concern that this had resulted in a wholesale rejection of quantitative methods (see, for instance, Lewis, 1997 ). Small-scale qualitative studies might be interesting and insightful, but there were real problems with generalisation. Plus, as Deacon et al . ( 2007 ) pointed out, acerbically, qualitative researchers were prone to making weak

in Watching Game of Thrones
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Religion and spirituality in environmental direct action
Bronislaw Szerszynski and Emma Tomalin

and the secular in this movement, in the context of a critique, broadly shared within the movement, of mainstream Western religion as hierarchical and ecologically malign. Thirdly, drawing on detailed qualitative research regarding environmental direct activists in the 1990s,1 we argue that, despite these struggles over religion, activists routinely draw on cultural resources in order to give meaning to their values, identities and actions in forms that are – sometimes implicitly, sometimes explicitly – religious in nature. We explore the uses of this ‘de

in Changing anarchism
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
Capturing ordinary human–animal encounters
Becky Tipper

recent years, however, qualitative research has explored sites of human–animal encounter in Western societies, such as slaughterhouses, farms and research laboratories. This research is insightful, but these are still often intense and rarefied situations rather than commonplace experiences. Relationships with household pets, of course, are more widespread, and there is a rapidly growing body of research into these intimate and complex relationships. But I wanted to look beyond this focus on pets and their owners to other everyday ways that people encounter animals

in Mundane Methods
Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

notion that work–earn–spend lifestyles are indicative of progress and a high standard of living. In this, they share conclusions with an estimated fifty million people in the United States and other ‘developed’ countries, who contest the dominant models of wellbeing put forward by growth economics.3 The ideas and practices of this group receive little attention in the mainstream media, however. This chapter reflects on two qualitative research projects, carried out between 1999 and 2001, with people experiencing both ways of life. The discussion that follows examines

in The end of Irish history?