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Counting as a Qualitative Method

Grappling with the Reliability Issue in Ethnographic Research

Authors: Fife, Wayne

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  • Teaches researchers how to use counting as a regular part of qualitative research projects
  • Offers a methodology for up-and-coming and established researchers to increase reliability of ongoing and completed qualitative analyses
  • Draws upon decades of field work to explore research dilemmas, the “reliability issue,” analytical challenges, and beyond
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About this book

This book aims to explore counting as an often-overlooked research tool for qualitative projects. Building off of a research method invented by the author in 1986 called counting schedules, this volume provides instruction on how to use counting not only to enhance fieldwork results, but also as a form of analysis for extant field notes, interview results, self-reporting diaries or essays, primary archival material, secondary historical texts, government sources, and other documents and narratives, including fictional work. The author buttresses his discussion of counting schedules with extensive examples from previous fieldwork and research experiences, drawing on three decades of anthropological experience in Canada and the Pacific Islands. Counting as a Qualitative Method provides ethnographic researchers with the answer to the number-one question asked by qualitative and non-qualitative researchers alike: How can a qualitative researcher know his or her results are reliable?

About the authors

Wayne Fife is Professor of Anthropology at Memorial University, Canada. He is the author of Doing Fieldwork (2005) and some two-dozen peer-reviewed journal articles. He has done research and written about aging in Ontario, education in Papua New Guinea, Pacific Island missionaries, ecological and heritage tourism in Newfoundland, imaginary worlds, and research methods and theory.

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“This book will be very valuable for teaching students how to use counting in the context of research and analysis in sociocultural anthropology. It is full of very vividly described examples from the author’s own research that make the book’s explanation of counting as a research method clear and engaging.”

—Vanessa Fong, Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College, USA

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-34802-1
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Softcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Counting as a Qualitative Method
Book Subtitle
Grappling with the Reliability Issue in Ethnographic Research
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34803-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34803-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34802-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-34805-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 140
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