Handbook of Emergent Methods

Edited by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Patricia Leavy

© 2008 – Guilford Press

740 pages

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About the Book

Social researchers increasingly find themselves looking beyond conventional methods to address complex research questions. The Handbook of Emergent Methods is the first book to comprehensively examine emergent qualitative and quantitative theories and methods across the social and behavioral sciences. Providing scholars and students with a way to retool their research choices, the volume presents cutting-edge approaches to data collection, analysis, and representation. Leading researchers describe alternative uses of traditional quantitative and qualitative tools; innovative hybrid or mixed methods; and new techniques facilitated by technological advances. Consistently formatted chapters explore the strengths and limitations of each method for studying different types of research questions and offer practical, in-depth examples.


'This comprehensive Handbook details creative new approaches to asking and exploring questions within the social sciences. These approaches offer liberation from the narrowing straits of logical positivistic measurement and quantification, and chart the paths to addressing more socially meaningful questions. They provide means for examining social reality with fresh tools.' - Ruthellen Josselson, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, USA

Table of Contents

Hesse-Biber, Leavy, Introduction: Pushing on the Methodological Boundaries - The Growing Need for Emergent Methods within and across the Disciplines. Part I: Historical Context of Emergent Methods and Innovation in the Practice of Research Methods. Leavy, Hesse-Biber, Introduction to Part I. History. Staller, Block, Horner, History of Methods in Social Science Research. Rosser, Gender Inclusion, Contextual Values, and Strong Objectivity: Emergent Feminist Methods for Research in the Sciences. Cosgrove, McHugh, A Post-Newtonian, Postmodern Approach to Science: New Methods in Social Action Research. Mark, Emergence in and from Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis. Document Research. Prior, Researching Documents: Emergent Methods. Altheide, Coyle, DeVriese, Schneider, Emergent Qualitative Document Analysis. Grounded Theory. Charmaz, Grounded Theory as an Emergent Method. Interviewing. Conrad, Schober, New Frontiers in Standardized Survey Interviewing. Morgan, Fellows, Guevara, Emergent Approaches to Focus Group Research. Hennink, Emergent Issues in International Focus Group Discussions. Frisch, Three Dimensions and More: Oral History Beyond the Paradoxes of Method. Ethnography. Gubrium, Holstein, Narrative Ethnography. Bailey, Public Ethnography. Davis, Ellis, Emergent Methods in Autoethnographic Research: Autoethnographic Narrative and the Multiethnographic Turn. Bhattacharya, New Critical Collaborative Ethnography. Arts-Based Practice. Holm, Visual Research Methods: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Leavy, Performance-Based Emergent Methods. Part II: Innovations in Research Methods Design and Analysis. Hesse-Biber, Introduction to Part II. Clark, Creswell, Green, Shope, Mixed Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches: An Introduction to Emergent Mixed Methods Research. Teddlie, Tashakkori, Johnson, Emergent Techniques in the Gathering and Analysis of Mixed-Methods Data. Irwin, Data Analysis and Interpretation: Emergent Issues in Linking Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence. Ruspini, Longitudinal Research: An Emergent Method in the Social Sciences. Maxwell, Miller, Categorizing and Connecting Strategies in Qualitative Data Analysis. Todd, Harrison, Metaphorical Analysis: An Emergent Analytical Tool. Sorsoli, Tolman, Hearing Voices: Listening for Multiplicity and Movement in Interview Data. Part III: The Impact of Emergent Technologies on Research Methods. Hesse-Biber, Introduction to Part III. Hine, Internet Research as Emergent Practice. Hewson, Internet-Mediated Research as an Emergent Method and Its Potential Role in Facilitating Mixed-Methods Research. Dicks, Mason, Hypermedia Methods for Qualitative Research. Mulder, Kort, Mixed Emotions, Mixed Methods: The Role of Emergent Technologies in Studying User Experience in Context. Kwan, Emergent Methods in Feminist Geography. Sarkisian, Neural Networks an Emergent Method in Quantitative Research: An Example of Self-Organizing Maps. Hesse-Biber, Crofts, User-Centered Perspectives on Qualitative Data Analysis Software: The Impact of Emergent Technologies and Future Trends. Fielding, The Role of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis: Impact on Emergent Methods in Qualitative Research.

About the Editors

Edited by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Department of Sociology, Boston College, USA and Patricia Leavy, Department of Sociology, Stonehill College, USA

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