Qualitative Research Methods
Qualitative methods are employed by sociologists concerned with how meaning is attributed to everyday life in social groups, and how group members articulate social experience over time through face-to-face interaction, images, and other practices. Of equal concern for qualitative researchers are the processes through which relations of power are embedded in and distributed between social groups, and how cultural discourses are interpreted across social figurations. SOCI 615 explores some of the philosophies and techniques that underpin qualitative research. Specifically, it offers a review of three principal strands of qualitative inquiry (participant observation, interviewing, content analysis) that allow us to produce in-depth accounts of the lived human experience.