The Qualitative Methods Reading Group (QMRG) was founded in December 2014 with the aim of creating a forum for the discussion and promotion of qualitative research methods. The group is highly interdisciplinary, including people from Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Criminology, Education, Anthropology, the Natural Sciences and Engineering with backgrounds in both qualitative and quantitative research. For each meeting, we decide on two readings: usually a theoretical paper and a study. We started out broadly, focusing on common research methods and methodologies such as qualitative interviews and ethnography, but we recently advanced towards more specific issues such as sampling strategies and validity.
The group provides graduate students, researchers and Fellows of the College with an opportunity to discuss and enhance their understanding of qualitative research methods, and is particularly interesting to those planning on or already working with qualitative research methods. Selected spaces may be given to undergraduate students.
Meetings are held biweekly on Tuesdays in Fuchs House (Wolfson College), from 2.30 to 4.00 pm. Refreshments are kindly provided by the College. Meetings are also advertised once in advance via the wolfson-events mailing list.
We welcome reading suggestions (e.g. Journal Articles, Book Chapters) from all participants. Diverse and controversial titles are encouraged.
Upcoming Meetings for Michaelmas Term 2016
- Tuesday 11 October: Constructivism and Qualitative Research - Epistemology, Ontology and the Relativism-Realism Debate
- Tuesday 25 October: The Role of the Researcher I
- Tuesday 8 November: The Role of the Researcher II: On Responsibility towards and the Risk of Othering Research Participants
- Tuesday 29 November: The Power Dynamics of Interviewing
Reading List for Michaelmas Term 2016
Tuesday 11 October: Constructivism and Qualitative Research - Epistemology, Ontology and the Relativism-Realism Debate
Carla Willig (2015). Constructivism and ‘The Real World’: Can they co-exist? Paper presented at the BPS QMiP conference. Paper available here.
Weinberg, Darin. 2009. “On the Social Construction of Social Problems and Social Problems Theory: A Contribution to the Legacy of John Kitsuse.” American Sociologist. 40(1-2): 61-78. Article available here.
Weinberg, Darin. 2008. “The Philosophical Foundations of Constructionist Research.” InThe Handbook of Constructionist Research. Edited by James A. Holstein and Jaber Gubrium. New York: Guilford Press, pp. 13-39. Book available via various university libraries.
Tuesday 25 October: The Role of the Researcher I
Dwyer, S. C., & Buckle, J. L. (2009). The space between: On being an insider-outsider in qualitative research. International journal of qualitative methods, 8(1), 54-63. Article available here.
Fink, A. S. (2000, December). The role of the researcher in the qualitative research process. A potential barrier to archiving qualitative data. In Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research (Vol. 1, No. 3). Article available here.
Peshkin, A. (1988). In search of subjectivity—one's own. Educational researcher, 17(7), 17-21. Article available here.
Tuesday 8 November: The Role of the Researcher II: On Responsibility towards and the Risk of Othering Research Participants (Each participant should read one of the papers in response to Fine’s and present the key arguments, and we can then discuss Fine’s original paper)
Fine, M. (1994). Working the hyphens. Handbook of qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapter available here.
Cunliffe, A. L., & Karunanayake, G. (2013). Working within hyphen-spaces in ethnographic research implications for research identities and practice. Organizational Research Methods, 16(3), 364-392. Article available here.
Wagle, T., & Cantaffa, D. T. (2008). Working our hyphens exploring identity relations in qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(1), 135-159. Article available here.
Nicholls, R. (2009). Research and Indigenous participation: critical reflexive methods. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12(2), 117-126. Article available here.
Tuesday 29 November: The Power Dynamics of Interviewing