Twine, F. W. (2016). Visual Sociology in a Discipline of Words: Racial Literacy, Visual Literacy and Qualitative Research Methods (Summary)

This article makes the argument that visual literacy is neglected. There is a need for more training on film and photography methods. The author likens this to a form of academic apartheid. According to Twine, visual methods are typically considered to be a specialty, only employed when an individual graduate student chooses to focus for … Continue reading Twine, F. W. (2016). Visual Sociology in a Discipline of Words: Racial Literacy, Visual Literacy and Qualitative Research Methods (Summary)

Rapley, T. (2012). Analysing Conversation (Summary)

Conversation analysis was derived from ethnomethodology. The focus for research is on the local production of society through conversations. This type of analysis breaks down every nuance of conversation by reviewing recorded conversations and focusing on how people interact. Often, the data is coming from prerecorded sources, which leaves researchers with only so much context … Continue reading Rapley, T. (2012). Analysing Conversation (Summary)

Wiles, R., Crow, G., & Pain, H. (2011). Innovation in Qualitative Research Methods: A Narrative Review (Summary)

This article reviews the concept of innovation as it has been presented through qualitative research studies. After reviewing 57 papers that made claims of innovative methods, the authors assert that the concept is overused. The studies revealed that most innovation refers to adapting existing methods or adopting methods from other fields. There are six categories … Continue reading Wiles, R., Crow, G., & Pain, H. (2011). Innovation in Qualitative Research Methods: A Narrative Review (Summary)

Pink, S., & Morgan, J. (2013). Short‐Term Ethnography: Intense Routes to Knowing (Summary)

This article discusses shorter term ethnographic research for applied projects. Rather than constantly seeking new and innovative methods, as many researchers do, the authors explore an existing solid approach with new perspective. The authors argue that rapid ethnography, although assumed to be too fast and undetailed, is quite intense and detailed. They authors describe the … Continue reading Pink, S., & Morgan, J. (2013). Short‐Term Ethnography: Intense Routes to Knowing (Summary)

Mann, S. (2010). Critical Review of Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics (Summary)

Mann’s goal in this article is to describe different perspectives of interview methodology that could be utilized for applied linguistic research. From the fields of sociology, anthropology, and psychology, Mann identifies four discursive dilemmas that could aid in more reflective qualitative research. According to Mann, considering such dilemmas is central to good interviewer sensitivity. The … Continue reading Mann, S. (2010). Critical Review of Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics (Summary)

Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis is a method used to interpret peoples’ experiences. This method is heavily influenced by Hermeneutics, which views all communication as interpretation. IPA places the researcher as a storyteller, or more of a narrator to the participants’ story. Therefore, the importance is not necessarily on avoiding researcher bias, but on explicitly illuminating it … Continue reading Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Ali, S. (2012). Visual Analysis (Summary)

This chapter describes visual images as texts to be read.  The types of visual media are varied. They can be moving, such as a film, or still images. Still images include photography, paintings, doodles, and graphics. Visual analysis researchers the producers and consumers of images. Psychoanalytic theory focuses on the representations of images. A content … Continue reading Ali, S. (2012). Visual Analysis (Summary)

Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice (Summary)

Ahearn studied keywords and titles that she generated from the keywords and title of articles from the American Ethnologist journal. The samples chosen were the years 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. On discussing the survey results, Ahearn argues that the selection of keywords has social, intellectual, political, and economic influences that may or may not … Continue reading Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice (Summary)

Gidley, B. (2012). Doing Historical and Documentary Research (Summary)

Archival research is not necessarily a method, but a source of information. Primary sources reflect a first-hand account, and secondary are usually a written text. Archival sources can also be oral recordings and written documents. An important consideration in using archival sources is the accessibility of information. Sources may be available to use in research, … Continue reading Gidley, B. (2012). Doing Historical and Documentary Research (Summary)

Tonkiss, F. (2012b). Focus Groups (Summary)

A focus group is a group discussion that is facilitated and recorded by a researcher. They were originally used for market research. In focus groups, the method is the interaction, which may be facilitated with scheduled questions, topic guides, group exercises, and visual cuing. Focus groups can be useful in designing and clarifying questions for … Continue reading Tonkiss, F. (2012b). Focus Groups (Summary)