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PART I: SETTING THE SCENE Introducing Qualitative Research, David Silverman Addressing Social Problems through Qualitative Research, Michael Bloor Research Ethics and Qualitative Research, Anne Ryen PART II: INTERVIEWS AND FOCUS GROUPS The `Inside' and the `Outside': Finding Realities in Interviews, Jody Miller and Barry Glassner Narrative Practice and the Active Interview, James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium Analysing Focus Group Data, Sue Wilkinson PART III: ETHNOGRAPHY What Is Ethnography, Giampietro Gobo and Lukas Marciniak Organizational Ethnography, Thomas Eberle and Christoph Maeder Practising Reflexivity in Ethnography, Marie Buscatto PART IV: TEXTS Analysing Documents through Fieldwork, Katarina Jacobsson Using Documents in Social Research, Lindsay Prior PART V: TALK Discursive Psychology and the Study of Naturally Occurring Talk, Jonathan Potter Conversation Analysis: Practices and Methods, John Heritage PART VI: EXPANDING TECHNOLOGIES Internet/Digital Research, Annette Markham and Simona Stavrova Online Interviewing, Nalita James and Hugh Busher Using Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology to Analyse Online Data, Joanne Meredith Critical Discourse Studies and Social Media Data, Johann W. Unger, Ruth Wodak and Majid KhosraviNik PART VII: VISUAL DATA Visual Inquiry: Issues and Developments, Michael Emmison Embodied Action: Video and the Analysis of Social Interaction, Christian Heath PART VIII: QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Some Pragmatics of Qualitative Data Analysis, Tim Rapley Constructing Grounded Theory Analyses, Kathy Charmaz and Anthony Bryant What's Different about Narrative Inquiry? Cases, Categories and Contexts, Catherine Kohler Riessman Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies, Mary Dixon-Woods Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data, Libby Bishop Validity in Qualitative Research, Anssi Perakyla Writing Qualitative Research: Practice, Genre and Audience, Amir Marvasti

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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 PhD 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 PhD 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.


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