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The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (Third Edition)



With nearly two-thirds of the contributors and 16 of 44 chapter topics new to this third edition, this handbook on qualitative research methodologies in the humanities and the social and policy sciences has been updated in an effort to remain relevant to the current state of research. Denzin (communications, U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign) and Lincoln (higher education, Texas A&M U.) organize the papers into sections on locating the field; paradigm and perspectives in contention; strategies of inquiry; methods of collecting and analyzing empirical materials; the art and practices of interpretation, evaluation, and presentation; and the future of qualitative research. Among the new materials are discussions of indigenous inquiry, critical humanism and queer theory, performance ethnography, focus groups and critical pedagogy, cultural and investigative poetics, qualitative evaluation and social policy, Foucault's methodologies, and online ethnography. In addition to the wholly new material, the returning chapters have been substantially revised. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

From the Publisher

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, Third Edition, represents the state of the art for the theory and practice of qualitative inquiry. Built on the foundations of the landmark First and Second Editions (1994, 2000), the Third Edition moves qualitative research boldly into the 21st century. The editors and authors ask how the practices of qualitative inquiry can be used to address issues of social justice in this new century.

As with the Second Edition, the Third Edition represents virtually a new handbook. There are 14 totally new topics not touched upon in previous editions, including, among others, indigenous research, institutional review boards and human subject research, critical and performance ethnography, arts-based inquiry, narrative inquiry, Foucault, the ethics and strategies of on-line research, cultural and investigative poetics, and the politics of evaluation.More thanhalf of the 45 chapters are written by authors new to the Handbook. Returning authors have thoroughly revised and updated their chapters. The organization is clear and sensible, moving from the general to the specific and from the past to the present and the future.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research
is far-reaching and comprehensive, featuring a virtual "Who's Who" in the human sciences. It is an absolutely essential text for any scholar interested in the art, science, and practice of qualitative research, as well as a critical resource for all academic and public libraries.

Praise for Previous Editions

"This book is a must for anyoneteaching, or wishing to better understand, qualitative research. This handbook is destined to be a classic text in the field of qualitative research that belongs on every student's and researcher's bookshelf."

"This may well be 'the one book on qualitative research' that one would want to take 'to a desert island,' as the editors hope."


Norman K. Denzin is Professor of Communications, Sociology and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Editor of Studies in Symbolic Interaction: A Research Journal and The Sociological Quarterly, Dr. Denzin is the author of numerous books. He is the recipient of two awards from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction: The Cooley Award in 1988, and the George Herbert Mead Award for lifetime contribution to the study of human behavior in 1997.

Yvonna S. Lincoln is Professor of Higher Education and Educational Administration at Texas A & M University. She is author, coauthor, or editor of such books as Naturalistic Inquiry and Fourth Generation Evaluation (both with Egon G. Guba), and Organizational Theory and Inquiry. Vice President of Division J (Postsecondary Education) of the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Lincoln formerly served as president of the American Evaluation Association and is the recipient of many prestigious awards. Dr. Lincoln coedited, with Dr. Denzin, the Handbook of Qualitative Research.

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