'Throughout, the authors present an efficient synthesis of concepts and theoretical notions and innovative views of the qualitative research practice in easy-to-understand jargon-light language. Therefore, the book goes a long way in shaping a readable introductory text on qualitative research.' Educational Action Research 'Doing Qualitative Research is an important book for students at various stages and with various levels of experience conducting social science research and for instructors who want the insights not only of how-to manuals but also of critical reflections on research processes.' - Contemporary Sociology 'The stylistic accessibility, the refusal to build upon assumed or expected knowledge of the readers and the synthetic approach to each stage of social research ... make it highly recommendable for teaching purposes.' - Qualitative Research 'An admirable book. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn about the craft of qualitative research' - Sociologie 'This book deserves special attention among the plethora of books that are available for methods teaching (...)' - The British Journal of Sociology ‘One of the best methodological treatments in contemporary social science literature. It is the type of book that students will remember as the text that moved them to serious study. I am a flat out admirer of this book.' - Michael Lewis, University of Massachusetts 'Beuving en De Vries wrote a masterful textbook about qualitative research that will hopefully be widely used in education.' - Sociologie Magazine
Naturalistic inquiry is about studying people in everyday circumstances by ordinary means. It strives to blend in, to respect people in their daily lives, to take their actions and experiences seriously, and to build on these carefully. Doing Qualitative Research: The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry offers guidance, combining thoughtful reflection with practical tips. It is written for undergraduate and graduate students in social science; for practitioners in social work, healthcare, policy advice, and organizational consultancy; and for all who have a genuine interest in society and its members. A short animation of the Arc of Naturalistic Inquiry can be found here. You can read more about the view of the authors on the teaching of qualitative methods in higher education and its current threats here.
Joost Beuving teaches anthropology at Radboud University Nijmegen. He has a special interest in everyday economic life. He has studied car dealers in the second-hand car trade between Europe and West Africa, and fishermen in the Nile perch export business on Lake Victoria, East Africa.
Geert de Vries teaches sociology at VU University Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College. He specializes in historical sociology. He has studied educational expansion, schools, the life-worlds of youngsters, and social problems and social change in the Netherlands.