In this important new text, Paul Sullivan introduces readers to a
qualitative methodology rooted in the analysis of dialogue and
subjectivity: the dialogical approach. Sullivan unpacks the theory
behind a dialogical approach to qualitative research, and relates
issues of philosophy and methodology to the practical process of
actually doing qualitative research. Sullivan's book foregrounds
the role of atmosphere, subjectivity and authorial reflection
within texts. His work also enables the researcher to attend to the
conflicts, judgments and interpretive activities that take place in
language use. Practically speaking, the dialogical approach enables
analysis of direct and indirect discourse, speech genres,
hesitations, irony and a variety of other conditions that shape our
understanding of dialogue in context. As well as exploring the
theory behind this innovative method, Sullivan provides sound
practical advice that recognises the everyday analytic needs of the
reader. Topics include: * The theoretical foundations of the
approach * The role of subjectivity in qualitative research * Data
preparation and analysis * The future of the approach Theoretical
discussion is consistently accompanied by research examples and
suggestions as to how the dialogical approach could be used in the
reader's own research. This important and timely book is ideal for
any reader who wants to do research with dialogue and who is keen
to attend to the full nuances and complexities of discourse.
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