1st Edition

Defending Qualitative Research Design, Analysis, and Textualization

By Mario Cardano Copyright 2019
    176 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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