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The Methods and Methodologies of Qualitative Family Research

ISBN 9780789003058
Published February 13, 1997 by Routledge
450 Pages

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Book Description

The Methods and Methodologies of Qualitative Family Research can provide you with a strong conceptual framework for undertaking qualitative research. As it explores inquiry and theory on the cutting edge, it shows how qualitative methodologies can be applied to family life, education, and research.

Designed to demonstrate how emerging and established methodologies can advance the understanding of families and direct social change, this book is a major step in assessing the development, progress, and contributions of qualitative inquiry. Packed with useful information and innovative approaches, this volume pulls together a rich and diverse group of essays that teach readers about the complexities and challenges of qualitative research. Most importantly, you’ll learn how new qualitative approaches are grounded in systems thinking, holistic formulations, attention to context, cultural sensitivity, and nonlinear dynamics.

The Methods and Methodologies of Qualitative Family Research is distinct from other books of its kind because it acknowledges the agent, or self, in compiling data and reaching conclusions. Moreover, it analyzes how studying the world affects those doing the studying and how those effects, in turn, play a substantial role in interpreting data and forming conclusions.

The Methods and Methodologies of Qualitative Family Research introduces three major types of qualitative clinical family research: conversational analysis, recursive frame analysis, and hermeneutic phenomenology. It exposes a wide array of resources for undertaking qualitative inquiry, including data journals, letters, official files, clinical case notes, folk tales, interviews, and field observations. You’ll learn how these resources are invaluable tools for understanding:

  • couples’decisionmaking
  • generative fathering
  • reflexivity
  • the use of historical data to construct composite cases
  • egalitarianism and oppression in marriage
  • perceptions of gender, race, and class among African-American adolescent women
  • successful aging among individuals who require long-term care
  • poverty and access to services

    A skillful blend of theory and practice, The Methods and Methodologies of Qualitative Family Research offers conceptual schemes, bibliographies, and other useful resources for teaching and conducting qualitative research. It will revolutionize the way you think about qualitative inquiry and your own approaches to qualitative family research. In addition, you’ll come away updated on the current state of qualitative research and with new skills and techniques for tackling your own research.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface: A Look at the Mosaic of Qualitative Family Research

  • Introduction: Showcasing Qualitative Family Research
  • Part I: Research Reports
  • Letters in the Attic: Private Reflections of Women, Wives, and Mothers
  • Document Analysis: The Contrast Between Official Case Records and the Journal of a Woman on Welfare
  • Bahamian Family Life as Depicted by Wives’ Tales and Other Old Sayings
  • Egalitarianism and Oppression in Marriage: The Effects of Research on Researchers
  • African-American Adolescent Women: Perceptions of Gender, Race, and Class
  • Mama Still Sparkles: An Elder Role Model in Long-Term Care
  • Discovering Women’s Work: A Study of Post-Retirement Aged Women
  • Using Pattern Matching and Modified Analytic Induction in Examining Justice Principles in Child Support Guidelines
  • Part II: Learning To Be Qualitative
  • Learning to be Interpretive: Hermeneutics and Personal Texts
  • Learning to Teach Qualitative Research: Reflections of a Quantitative Researcher
  • Research and Practice: A Reflexive and Recursive Relationship--Three Narratives, Five Voices
  • Part III: Essays on Methodologies
  • An Ethnographic Approach to Understanding Service Use Among Ethnically Diverse Low Income Families
  • The Composite Biography as a Methodological Tool for the Study of Childhood in History
  • Family(in ital)Worlds(in ital)and Qualitative Family Research: Emergence and Prospects of Whole-Family Methodology
  • Narrative Accounts, Generative Fathering, and Family Life Education
  • Money, Marriage, and the Computer
  • Reflexivity and Qualitative Family Research: Insider’s Perspectives in Bereaving the Loss of a Child
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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