This book examines the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of Qualitative Research in the study of illness, wellbeing and self-growth in the Indian context. Using wide-ranging narratives, interviews, group discussions, and cultural analyses, it offers a social and psychological understanding of health and therapy.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Introduction to Qualitative Research. Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives. 2. Self, Emotions and the Pursuit of Well-Being: Some Cultural Perspectives 3. Types of Knowledge and Their Use in Psychology: Towards Rigorous Subjectivity 4. Analyzing Qualitative Data: A Grounded Theory Approach 5. Reminiscing Fieldwork and Writing up Culture: An Account of Producing the Doctoral Dissertation. Illness, Suffering and Healing. 6. Narrative Approaches to Illness and Suffering: An Ethnographic Study of Spirit Possession in Maharashtra 7. Empathising Terminal Illness: A Phenomenological Study on the Constructs and Stereotypes of Life with Cancer 8. A Narrative Study of Emotional Healing 9. Gender Dimensions of Illness Narratives among HIV Affected Women 10. A Heuristic Inquiry into the Phenomenon of Letting Go in Creative Process of Designers 11. Psychosocial Dispositions of Musicians: A Developmental Study of Creativity 12. Self, Well-being, and the Mahabharata: A Qualitative Reading 13. Guru-Disciple Relationship: An Exploration into the Process of Spiritual Growth 14. Understanding Organizational Narratives through Appreciative Inquiry 15. Facilitating Learning through Creative Drama in Primary Classrooms: A Reflexive Account. Challenges for Future. 15. Future of Qualitative on Well-Being and Self-Growth: The Critical Role of Fostering Reflexivity
Kumar Ravi Priya is Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
Ajit Kumar Dalal is Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad.