Review: Paul ten Have (2004). Understanding Qualitative Research and Ethnomethodology


  • Charles Lee Cole University of Louisiana at Monroe



ethnomethodology, ethnography, qual­it­ative methodology, grounded theory, conversa­tional analysis


Paul TEN HAVE presents an overview of qualitative methodology approaches and compares selected approaches to ethnomethodology. TEN HAVE differentiates methods from methodology. The book offers a collection of qualitative methods but not a methodology for doing qualitative re­search. TEN HAVE defines methods as research strategies and contends that methods are central to qualitative inquiry from start to finish. The text is organized into nine chapters covering topics re­lated to ethnomethodology's perspective, methods, and research, and comparisons to ethnography and grounded theory. This review provides a com­men­tary on TEN HAVE's text for qualitative researchers. The core of the book is on ethnomethodology. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503121


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Author Biography

Charles Lee Cole, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Charles Lee COLE, Ph. D., L.M.F.T., C.F.L.E., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Iowa, Louisiana, and Mississippi and a Certified Family Life Educator. He is currently Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. COLE has presented over a hundred refereed presentations at national and international professional associations and learned societies such as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Council on Family Relations, American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems and has published widely on topics related to marriage and the family. His current research focuses on marriage and the development of preventive solutions to marriage and family problems.




How to Cite

Cole, C. L. (2005). Review: Paul ten Have (2004). Understanding Qualitative Research and Ethnomethodology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3).