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


  • Paul Ten Have University of Amsterdam



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


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


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Author Biography

Paul Ten Have, University of Amsterdam

Paul TEN HAVE ( was, until his retirement in 2002, associate professor in sociology at the University of Amsterdam, where he taught qualitative research methods. His last book is Understanding Qualitative Research and Ethnomethodology (Sage, 2004). A second edition of his previous book, Doing Conversation Analysis: A Practical Guide will be published by Sage in the fall of 2007. In previous issues of FQS Paul TEN HAVE has reviewed "Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis: A Comparative and Critical Introduction" ( (by WOOFFITT 2005).




How to Cite

Ten Have, P. (2008). Review: David Silverman (2006). Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).