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Introduction Transformation in Principles and Practice PART ONE: PUTTING THE PRACTICE INTO THEORY Institutional Ethnography - Dorothy E Smith Critical Realist Ethnography - Sam Porter Framing the Rational in Fieldwork - Peter K Manning Analysing Interaction - Christian Heath and Jon Hindmarsh Video, Ethnography and Situated Conduct PART TWO: GENERALIZATION, INTERPRETATION AND ANALYSIS Generalization in Interpretive Research - Malcolm Williams Representation, Responsibilty and Reliability in Participant-Observation - Mart[ac]in S[ac]anchez-Jankowski Automating the Ineffable - Nigel G Fielding Qualitative Software and the Meaning of Qualitative Research Subjectivity and Qualitative Method - Valeria Walkerdine, Helen Lucey and June Melody PART THREE: CHOICES IN CONTEXT Observation and Interviewing - Kathleen Gerson and Ruth Horowitz Options and Choices in Qualitative Research Qualitative Interviewing - Jennifer Mason Asking, Listening and Interpreting Narrative in Social Research - Steph Lawler PART FOUR: POWER, PARTICIPATION AND EXPERTISE Engagement and Evaluation in Qualitative Inquiry - Linda McKie Negotiating Power and Expertise in the Field - Lynne Haney On Relations between Black Female Researcher and Participants - Tracey Reynolds PART FIVE: REFLEXIVITY, THE SELF AND POSITIONING Ethnography and the Self - Amanda Coffey Reflections and Representations Reflexivity and the Politics of Qualitative Research - Lisa Adkins Techniques for Telling the Reflexive Self - Beverley Skeggs Emotions, Fieldwork and Professional Lives - Sherryl Kleinman

About the Author

Tim May originally trained and worked as an agricultural engineer. After his PhD (1990), he was appointed to a lectureship at Plymouth (1989-95) and then moved to the University of Durham (1995-99) and was appointed at Salford in 1999. He became Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures in 2001. He is currently Professor of Social Science Methodology and Director of Research at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield. He has held research grants from many sources including: ESRC; EPSRC; AHRC; Mistra (Swedish Environmental Research Foundation; Regional Development Agencies; Core Cities Group; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; Higher Education Funding Council; Local Government Management Board; Economic and Social Research Council; Manchester City Council; the CONTACT group of the four Greater Manchester Universities and the NHS. In addition to the books and journals listed below, Tim May has contributed chapters to the following publications: May, T. and Perry, B. 2013 'Reflexivity and Data Analysis'. In Flick, U. (ed). Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis. London: SAGE. May, T. 2013 'Reflexivity'. In Kaldis, B. (ed). Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. London: SAGE. May, T. and Williams, M. 2010 'Commitment and Investigation in Knowing the Social World'. In Olsen, W. (ed). Realist Methodology, Volume 1: Practical Realist Ontology. London: SAGE. May, T. and Powell, J. 2007 'Michel Foucault'. In Edwards, T. (ed). Cultural Theory: Classical and Contemporary Positions. London: SAGE. May, T 2006 'Critical Theory'. In Booth, C. and Harrington, J (eds). Developing Business Knowledge. UWE/ SAGE. May, T. 2005 'Reflexivity and Sociological Practice'. In Williams, M. (ed). The Philosophical Foundations of Social Research, Volume 3: Social Reality and the Social Context of Social Research. London: SAGE. May, T. 2004 'Poststructuralism', 'Critical Theory', 'Postempiricism'. In Bryman, A., Lewis-Beck, M. and Futing Liao, T. (eds). Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. May, T. 2002 'The Discontented Epoch: Freedom and Security in Bauman's Postmodernity'. In Beilharz, P. (ed). Zygmunt Bauman: 4 Volumes. Volume 3, 'The Postmodern'. London: SAGE.


"Fortunately, this is not another how-to qualitative research text. Rather, it is a collection of innovative essays that will interest qualitative researchers eager to relate theory to methodological practice... the overall scope and caliber of this work make it an important contribution to the literature on qualitative research"

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