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Packer, Martin J
The science of qualitative research / Martin Packer
New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  H62 .P223 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Social sciences -- Research
Qualitative research
Physical Description xiii, 422 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 397-418) and indexes
Contents Part I. The objective study of subjectivity: 1. What is science?; 2. The qualitative research interview; 3. The analysis of qualitative research interviews; 4. Hermeneutics and the project for a human science; 5. Qualitative analysis reconsidered -- Part II. Ethnographic fieldwork - the focus on constitution: 6. Calls for a new interpretive social science; 7. Dualism and constitution: the social construction of reality; 8. Constitution as ontological; 9. The crisis in ethnography; 10. Studying ontological work -- Part III. Inquiry with an emancipatory interest: 11. Qualitative research as critical inquiry; 12. Emancipatory inquiry as rational reconstruction; 13. Social science as participant objectification; 14. Archaeology, genealogy, ethics; 15. A historical ontology of ourselves
Summary "This book is a unique examination of qualitative research in the social sciences, raising and answering the question of why we do this kind of investigation. Rather than offering advice on how to conduct qualitative research, it explores the multiple roots of qualitative research including phenomenology, hermeneutics, and critical theory in order to diagnose the current state of play and recommend an alternative. The diagnosis is that much qualitative research today continues to employ the mind-world dualism that is typical of traditional experimental investigation. The recommendation is that we focus on constitution: the relationship of mutual formation between a form of life and its members. Michel Foucault's program for historical ontology of ourselves provides the basis for a fresh approach to investigation. The basic tools of qualitative research interviews, ethnographic fieldwork, and analysis of discourse are re-forged in order to articulate how our way of living makes us who we are, and so empower us to change this form of life"--Provided by publisher

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