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Chapter 1

Example of a classic qualitative psychology study:

Billig, M. (1978). Patterns of racism: interviews with National Front members. Race & Class, 20(2), 161-179. doi: 10.1177/030639687802000205

Chapter 2

Foundations of qualitative research:

Edley, N. (2001b). Unravelling social constructionism. Theory & Psychology, 11(3), 433-441.

Larkin, M., Eatough, V., & Osborn, M. (2011). Interpretative phenomenological analysis and embodied, active, situated cognition. Theory & Psychology, 21(3), 318-337. doi: 10.1177/0959354310377544


Finlay, L. (2002). Negotiating the swamp: The opportunity and challenge of reflexivity in research practice. Qualitative Research, 2(2), 209-230.

Example of a qualitative study:

Christianson, M., Lalos, A., Westman, G., & Johansson, E. E. (2007). ``Eyes Wide Shut'' Sexuality and risk in HIV-positive youth in Sweden: A qualitative study. Scandanavian Journal of Public Health, 35(1), 55-61. doi: 10.1080/14034940600812943

Chapter 3

Sensitive qualitative research:

Dickson-Swift, V., James, E. L., Kippen, S., & Liamputtong, P. (2007). Doing sensitive research: what challenges do qualitative researchers face? Qualitative Research, 7, 327–353.

Ethical qualitative research:

Braun, V. (2000). Heterosexism in focus group research: Collusion and challenge. Feminism & Psychology, 10, 133-140.

Sampling, access and recruitment:

Fish, J. (1999). Sampling Lesbians: How to Get 1000 Lesbians to Complete a Questionnaire. Feminism & Psychology, 9(2), 229-238. doi: 10.1177/0959353599009002022

Chapter 4

Issues in interview research:

Garton, S., & Copland, F. (2010). ˜I like this interview; I get cakes and cats!': the effect of prior relationships on interview talk. Qualitative Research, 10(5), 533-551. doi: 10.1177/1468794110375231

Virtual interviews:

McCoyd, K. L. M., & Kerson, T. S. (2006). Conducting intensive interviews using email: A serendipitous comparative opportunity. Qualitative Social Work, 5, 389-406.

Sturges, J. E., & Hanrahan, K. J. (2004). Comparing telephone and face-to-face qualitative interviewing: A research note. Qualitative Research, 4(1), 107-118.

Example of a interview study:

Clarke, V., & Turner, K. (2007). Clothes maketh the queer? Dress, appearance and the construction of lesbian, gay and bisexual identities. Feminism & Psychology, 17(2), 267-276.

Chapter 5

Focus group methods:

Wilkinson, S. (1998c). Focus Groups in Health Research. Journal of Health Psychology, 3(3), 329-348. doi: 10.1177/135910539800300304

Fox, F. E., Morris, M., & Rumsey, N. (2007). Doing Synchronous Online Focus Groups With Young People. Qualitative Health Research, 17(4), 539-547. doi: 10.1177/1049732306298754

Example of a focus group study:

Grogan, S., & Richards, H. (2002). Body Image: Focus Groups with Boys and Men. Men and Masculinities, 4(3), 219-232. doi: 10.1177/1097184x02004003001

Chapter 6

Participant generated textual data:

Qualitative surveys:

Braun, V., Tricklebank, G., & Clarke, V. (in press). “It Shouldn’t Stick Out from Your Bikini at the Beach”: Meaning, Gender, and the Hairy/Hairless Body. Psychology of Women Quarterly. *Available once published*

Story completion tasks:

Kitzinger, C., & Powell, D. (1995). Engendering infidelity: Essentialist and social constructionist readings of a story completion task. Feminism & Psychology, 5(3), 345-572.

Researcher directed diaries:

Thomson, R., & Holland, J. (2005). ‘Thanks for the memory’: Memory books as a methodological resource in biographical research. Qualitative Research, 5(2), 201-219.

Pre-existing textual data:

Hookway, N. (2008). 'Entering the blogosphere': some strategies for using blogs in social research. Qualitative Research, 8(1), 91-113. doi: 10.1177/1468794107085298

Chapter 8

Thematic analysis:

Huxley, C., Clarke, V., & Halliwell, E. (2011). “It’s a comparison thing isn’t it?”  Lesbian and bisexual women’s accounts of how partner relationships shape their feelings about their body and appearance. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35(3), 415-427.


Eatough, Virginia; Smith, Jonathan A. and Shaw, Rachel L. (2008). Women, Anger, and Aggression: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Journal of interpersonal violence, 23 (12), pp. 1767-1799.

Grounded theory:

Rose, L., Mallinson, R. K., & Walton-Moss, B. (2002). A Grounded Theory of Families Responding to Mental Illness. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(5), 516-536. doi: 10.1177/019394590202400505

Discourse analysis:

Burns, M., & Gavey, N. (2004). 'Healthy Weight' at What Cost? 'Bulimia' and a Discourse of Weight Control. Journal of Health Psychology, 9(4), 549-565. doi: 10.1177/1359105304044039

Chapter 10

Using numbers:

Maxwell, J. A. (2010). Using Numbers in Qualitative Research. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(6), 475-482. doi: 10.1177/1077800410364740

Chapter 11

An interpretative GT study:

Rose, L., Mallinson, R. K., & Walton-Moss, B. (2002). A grounded theory of families responding to mental illness. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(5), 516–536.

A short poststructuralist DA study:

 Tischner, I., & Malson, H. (2008). Exploring the politics of women’s in/visible `large’ bodies. Feminism & Psychology, 18(2), 260–267.

A longer example of a poststructuralist DA study:

Gavey, N., & McPhillips, K. (1999). Subject to romance: heterosexual passivity as an obstacle to women initiating condom use. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 23(2), 349–367.

Chapter 12

Universal quality criteria for qualitative research:

Tracy, S. J. (2010) Qualitative quality: eight ‘big-tent’ criteria for excellent qualita­tive research. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(10), 837–851.


Hannes, K., Lockwood, C., & Pearson, A. (2010). A comparative analysis of three online appraisal instruments’ ability to assess validity in qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research, 20(12), 1736-1743.

Pyett, P. M. (2003). Validation of Qualitative Research in the “Real World”. Qualitative Health Research, 13(8), 1170-1179. doi: 10.1177/1049732303255686

Chapter 13

Example of an experiential qualitative write-up:

Dalla, R. L. (2002). Night Moves: A Qualitative Investigation of Street-Level Sex Work. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26(1), 63-73. doi: 10.1111/1471-6402.00044

Example of a critical qualitative write-up:

Gavey, N., McPhillips, K., & Braun, V. (1999). Interruptus coitus: Heterosexuals accounting for intercourse. Sexualities, 2, 35-68.

Poster design:

Russell, C. K., Gregory, D. M., & Gates, M. F. (1996). Aesthetics and Substance in Qualitative Research Posters. Qualitative Health Research, 6(4), 542-552. doi: 10.1177/104973239600600406


Authors:Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke

Pub Date: March 2013

Pages: 400

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