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Defending Qualitative Research
Design, Analysis, and Textualization

ISBN 9781138614055
Published March 9, 2020 by Routledge
176 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Focussing on the phases of qualitative research which precede and follow fieldwork – design, analysis, and textualization – this book offers new theoretical tools to tackle one of the most common criticisms advanced against qualitative research: its presumed lack of rigour. Rejecting the notion of “rigour” as formulated in quantitative research and based on the theory of probability, it proposes a theoretical frame that allows combining the goals of rigour and that of creativity through the reference to theory of argumentation. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students across the social sciences with interests in qualitative research methods.

Table of Contents


1. A Premise on Two Crucial Issues: Invisibility and Method

2. Qualitative Research: A Portrait

3. Theory of Argumentation Survival Kit

4. The Qualitative Research Design

5. On Qualitative Data Analysis

6. The Textualization

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Mario Cardano is Full Professor of the Qualitative Methods for Social Research and the Sociology of Health at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, Italy.


‘… a lively, six-chapter volume that discusses, as the subtitle indicates, the characteristics of research design, data analysis and writing … The book represents a good reading resource for students.’ – Chiara Bassetti, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa