Qualitative Methods and Fieldwork Seminar B (Kvalitativ metode og feltarbejde B)

Date 9-10 March 2015
Time and place 09 March, 10:00-17:00 in room O99
10 March, 08:30-15:30 in room O77
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ECTS 2 for full attandance. No ECTS for partial attendance


This is an intensive, practically oriented seminar/workshop on qualitative methods – participant observation, interviews, focus groups, document analysis, and audio/visual recording and the methodologies/theories they support. It is intended for people who are about to undertake studies of social practices, in particular communicative interaction, within specific settings.


The seminar has two sessions, A & B.  Each session last for two days, more or less. Generally, the A session offers an introduction to qualitative methodologies and methods. It also deals with issues such as access, ethics & consent, equipment and the like. The second session deals more thoroughly with particular methods, the sorts of data they generate and with bringing different sorts of data together in an analysis.


Can you do session A before session B? Sure, but it's better to do A, then B. If you do B before A, you might ant to look at the readings for Seminar A. Contact Dennis Day if this is the case.


Literature:  Once you've registered, we'll contact you with regard to obtaining the readings


Readings for Session B




Miller, Jody & Glassner, Barry. The “inside” and the “outside”: finding realities in interviews. Pgs. 125-139.

Holstein, James A. & Gubrium Jaber F. The active interview. Pgs. 140-161.

Baker, Carolyn. Membership categorization and interview accounts. Pgs. 162-176.

Wilkinson, Sue. Focus group research. Pgs. 177-199.




Atkinson, Paul & Coffey, Amanda. Analyzing documentary realities. Pgs. 56-75

Prior, Lindsay. Doing things with documents. Pgs 76-94.

Markahm, Annette N. Internet Communication as a tool for qualitative research. Pgs 95-124.


(The above mentioned chapters are from Silverman, David (Ed.).2004. Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice 2nd edition. Sage.)


Naturally occurring interaction


Day, Dennis and Wagner, Johannes. 2008. Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. In G. Antos & E. Ventola (eds.) Handbooks of Applied Linguistics Vol. 2 - Interpersonal Communication. Berlin: Mouton/de Gruyter. 33-52.

Day, Dennis. 2012. Membership Categorization Analysis. To appear in Carol A. Chapelle (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell.


Putting it all together


Laurier, E., Whyte, A., and Buckner, K. 2001.  An ethnography of a neighborhood café: informality, table arrangements and background noise. Journal of Mundane Behavior 2,2. 195-232

Maynard, Douglas. 2006. What Is the Context of an Utterance?. In Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber & Patricia Leavy (eds.). Emergent Methods in Social Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nicolini, Davide. 2009. Zooming In and Out: Studying Practices by Switching Theoretical Lenses and Trailing Connections. Organization Studies 30. 1390-1418

Readings for Session A


Aluwihare-Samaranayake, D. (2012). Ethics in Qualitative research: A View of the Participants’ and Researchers’ World from a Critical Standpoint. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11(2), 64–81. https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/9960/13848



Atkinson, Paul (2005). Qualitative Research―Unity and Diversity. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3), Art. 26, http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/4



Lancaster Ethnography: A pdf of a now dead website. Will be distributed.


Silverman, David (2005). Instances or Sequences? Improving the State of the Art of Qualitative Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3), Art. 30, http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/6/13



Streeck, J., & Mehus, S. (2005). Microethnography: The study of practices. In K. Fitch & R. Sanders (Eds.), Handbook of language and social interaction (pp. 381-404). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Will be distributed.


Silverman, David. 2013. Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook. Sage. Chaps. 1-10. Fourth Edition (Buy the book)

eg: http://www.saxo.com/dk/doing-qualitative-research_david-silverman_paperback_9781446260159


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