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The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Second Edition

Patricia Leavy

Publication Date - August 2020

ISBN: 9780190847388

1280 pages
6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

In Stock


The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Second Edition presents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the field of qualitative research. Divided into eight parts, the forty chapters address key topics in the field such as approaches to qualitative research (philosophical perspectives), narrative inquiry, field research, and interview methods, text, arts-based, and internet methods, analysis and interpretation of findings, and representation and evaluation. The handbook is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the disciplines, and the contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers as well as emerging scholars.

This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, the incorporation of real-world examples and practical applications, and ample coverage of writing and representation, this volume offers everything readers need to undertake their own qualitative studies.

New to this Edition

  • Most chapters have been updated with new references and examples
  • Entirely new methods chapter on duoenthonography and team research
  • New chapter on teaching qualitative research


  • Includes ample methodological and research design instruction
  • Contributors are leading methodologists in their fields
  • Includes new section with chapters on different writing and representation formats

About the Author(s)

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is a leading researcher, acclaimed author, and public speaker. She has published more than twenty-five books, including Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches, Handbook of Arts-Based Research, Method Meets Art, The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship, and the novels Spark, Blue, American Circumstance, and Low-Fat Love. She is also series creator and editor for eight book series with Oxford University Press and Brill-Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. She has blogged for The Creativity Post, The Huffington Post, Mogul, and We Are the Real Deal and is cofounder and co-editor-in-chief of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. She has received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the National Art Education Association, and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the State University of New York at New Paltz has established the "Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice."


"This handbook is a comprehensive methodological resource intended for a wide readership and incorporates several enhancements to the first edition ..., including new chapters on "duoenthnography," team-based research, and teaching qualitative research, as well as updated references and examples. ... Anyone seeking practical information about conducting qualitative research would benefit from this work. The enhancements justify investing in this new edition." -- R. V. Labaree, CHOICE

"Provides information on many aspects of qualitative research and can be of value to music therapy students, researchers, and scholars. I encourage music therapists to take advantage of what it has to offer. Patricia Leavy says in the Preface, "My hope is that the handbook will be useful in the teaching of qualitative research to students across disciplines and that researchers will frequently pull it from their bookshelves." I believe that it serves this purpose. -- Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy

"Editor Patricia Leavy has assembled an insightful collection that examines the challenges and opportunities inherent to qualitative research. Inclusive and dynamic, the handbook's chapters will be of interest, and helpful, to a wide array of new and senior researchers." -- Keith Berry, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of South Florida

"Patricia Leavy has done it again! The Second Edition of The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research is a rich resource for a field trying to keep abreast of a multitude of nuanced changes within qualitative research. The Handbook provides substantive and historical overviews of qualitative traditions, and it also opens the way for introducing more emergent and contemporary approaches. Yet it doesn't stop there — the volume covers ongoing issues such as evaluation, ethics, and public engagement for all qualitative researchers. Accessible for students, scholars, and practitioners alike, this Handbook is a must-have resource for anyone embarking upon or continuing their work in qualitative research!" -- Rita L. Irwin, Professor, Art Education and Curriculum Studies, The University of British Columbia

"This new edition of The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, masterfully edited by Patricia Leavy and authored by an impressive team of international and multi-disciplinary scholars, is a veritable feast, articulating with freshness and vitality issues that are crucial for qualitative researchers across the social sciences. Enthusiastically recommended!" -- Liora Bresler, Professor Emerita, College of Education, University of Illinois

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction by the Editor: Patricia Leavy

    Part One: The Qualitative Tradition

    2. Historical Overview of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences: Svend Brinkmann, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, and Søren Kristiansen
    3. The History of Historical-Comparative Methods in Sociology: Chares Demetriou and Victor Roudometof
    4. The Centrality of Ethics in Qualitative Research: Anna Traianou

    Part Two: Approaches to Qualitative Research

    5. Philosophical Approaches to Qualitative Research: Renée Spencer, Julia M. Pryce, and Jill Walsh
    6. Applied Interpretive Approaches: Sally E.Thorne
    7. The Grounded Theory Method: Antony Bryant
    8. Feminist Qualitative Research: Toward Transformation of Science and Social Justice: Maureen C. McHugh
    9. Critical Approaches to Qualitative Research: Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Peter Chua, and Dana Collins
    10. Decolonizing Research Practice: Indigenous Methodologies, Aboriginal Methods, and Knowledge/Knowing: Mike Evans, Adrian Miller, Peter Hutchinson, and Carlene Dingwall

    Part Three: Narrative Inquiry, Field Research, and Interview Methods

    11. Practicing Narrative Inquiry II: Making Meanings Move: Arthur P. Bochnerand Andrew F. Herrmann
    12. Ethnography: Anthony Kwame Harrison
    13. Practicing Autoethnograhy and Living the Autoethnographic Life: Carolyn Ellis and Tony E. Adams
    14. Duoethnography: A Polytheoretical Approach to (Re)Storing, (Re)Storying the Meanings that One Give: Joe Norris and Rick Sawyer
    15. Unstructured and Semi-Structured Interviewing: Svend Brinkmann
    16. Oral History Interviewing: With Purpose and Critical Awareness: Valerie J. Janesick
    17. Focus Group Research: Retrospect and Prospect: George Kamberelis and Greg Dimitriadis
    18. Museum Studies: Erica L. Tucker

    Part Four: Text, Arts-Based, and Internet Methods

    19. Content Analysis: Lindsay Prior
    20. Photography as a Research Method: Gunilla Holm
    21. Arts-Based Research Practice: Merging Social Research and the Creative Arts: Gioia Chilton and Patricia Leavy
    22. Qualitative Approaches in Internet-Mediated Research: Opportunities, Issues, Possibilities: Claire Hewson

    Part Five: Multi-Method, Mixed Methods, and Participatory Designs

    23. Case Study Research: In-Depth Understanding in Context: Helen Simons
    24. Program Evaluation: Paul R.Brandon and Anna L. Ah Sam
    25. Community-Based Research: A Grass-Roots and Social Justice Orientation to Inquiry: Margaret Boyd
    26. Complex Teams and Qualitative Research: Judith Davidson
    27. Qualitative Disaster Research: DeeDee M. Bennett, Mark R. Landahl, Brenda D.Phillips
    28. Conducting Mixed Methods Research: Using Dialectical Pluralism and Social Psychological Strategies: Susan A. Tucker, R. Burke Johnson, Tony Onwuegbuzie, and Marjorie L. Icenogle

    Part Six: Analysis and Interpretation

    29. Qualitative Data Analysis Strategies: Johnny Saldaña
    30. Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research: Christina Silver and Ann F. Lewins
    31. Interpretation Strategies in Qualitative Research: What, Why, How: Allen Trent and Jeasik Cho

    Part Seven: Representation and Evaluation

    32. Writing Up Qualitative Research: Jane F.Gilgun
    33. Transforming Field Notes into Text: Jessica Smartt Gullion
    34. Creative Approaches to Writing: Sandra L. Faulkner and Sheila Squillante
    35. Scripting Ethnodrama: Joe Salvatore
    36. Write-Reach-Repeat: The Role and Rise of Public Intellectualism in Qualitative Research: Robin M. Boylorn
    37. Evaluating Qualitative Research 2.0: Jeasik Cho and Allen Trent

    Part Eight: Conclusion: Politics, Pedagogy, and the Public

    38. The Politics of Research: Michael D. Giardina and Joshua I. Newman
    39. Superheroes and Superpowers: Contemplative, Creative, and De/Colonial Approaches to Teaching Qualitative Research: Kakali Bhattacharya
    40. A Changing Terrain: Qualitative Research in the Age of Transdisciplinarity and Public Scholarship: Patricia Leavy