Review: David Silverman (2006). Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction

Paul Ten Have


This edition of SILVERMAN's well-known book offers a wide-ranging introduction to the problems facing any qualitative researcher, especially as concerns the design of qualitative projects and the analysis of qualitative data. It is in many ways a personal book, often referring to the author's own experience and reflecting his own intellectual development. He is clear about his preferences and doubts, but offers good arguments for both. While it is presented as a textbook for undergraduates, it may be considered too demanding intellectually in some cases. The review offers an extensive overview of the book's contents, in order to facilitate a teacher's choice of it as a course book, but it is recommended without reservation to any serious qualitative researcher.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801160


qualitative research; qualitative data analysis; naturally occurring data; ethnomethodology; conversation analysis; constructionism; semiotics; emotionalism

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