Review Essay: Classical Studies as a Starting Point. A Comprehensive and Easy-to-Understand Introduction to Selected Qualitative Research Approaches

  • Sylvie Johner-Kobi Zürich Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)
Keywords: qualitative research approaches, qualitative content analysis, narrative analysis, grounded theory methodology, classics of social research, data analysis methods

Abstract

In his book, Patrick HEISER introduces commonly utilized qualitative research approaches, data collection methods, and data analysis techniques using four classical studies. The author chose the study "Die Arbeitslosen von Marienthal" [The Sociography of an Unemployed Community] (JAHODA, LAZARSFELD & ZEISEL 1975 [1933]) to illustrate ethnography and participant observation; the study on unemployed teachers (ULICH, HAUSSER, MAYRING, STREHMEL & KANDLER 1985) to discuss the expert interview and qualitative content analysis; the study on community mergers and community power structures (SCHÜTZE 1976) for the narrative interview as well as narrative analysis; and "Awareness of Dying" (GLASER & STRAUSS 1965) to discuss grounded theory methodology. Each of the studies presented is evaluated with reference to two different quality criteria of qualitative research. Patrick HEISER's text is a clearly written introductory work that gives students of sociology and related fields a comprehensive insight into frequently used qualitative data collection methods and, in particular, data analysis techniques.

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Author Biography

Sylvie Johner-Kobi, Zürich Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)

Sylvie JOHNER-KOBI ist Dozentin am Institut für Vielfalt und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe der Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW). Sie forscht zu Diversity (Migration, Behinderung) und lehrt auf Masterstufe qualitative Methoden der empirischen Sozial(arbeits)forschung.

Published
2019-05-25
How to Cite
Johner-Kobi, S. (2019). Review Essay: Classical Studies as a Starting Point. A Comprehensive and Easy-to-Understand Introduction to Selected Qualitative Research Approaches. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.2.3295