Writing Up Qualitative Research

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SAGE, 2009 - Social Science - 191 pages
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Writing Up Qualitative Research, Third Edition offers time-tested suggestions on every aspect of the process from beginning to end. In this new edition, author Harry Wolcott continues to focus on the “writing side” of qualitative research, while incorporating new features such as guidelines on how and where to use theory.

Key Features

  • Offers practical suggestions for preparing an article or book for publication
  • Uses lively examples from the author’s more than 40 years of experience
  • Provides suggestions on how to proceed with the mechanics of preparing a manuscript
  • Includes pointers on how to improve or jump-start the writing process
  • Features a most robust and accessible pedagogy

This text is ideal as a supplementary text in any upper-level undergraduate or graduate seminar on the research process.

Praise for the Third Edition:

“Writing up Qualitative Research has CHIME – compassion, humor, intelligence, mindfulness of humanity, and empirical evidence. Wolcott’s empathic compassion is a major strength. The content of every chapter shows that Wolcott has fel and grappled with all the same anxieties and fears of writers at every level.”
—Sonja Peterson-Lewis, Temple University

“His style is good, down to earth, and easy to understand for both undergraduate and graduate.”
—Joseph Wronka, Springfield College

“The Wolcott text is much more reader-friendly and writer-friendly. It offer remarkable support for the writing process, compared to traditional texts.”
—Judy K. C. Bentley, SUNY at Cortland

“The conversational style makes the book inviting and accessible. It is comprehensive, addressing the various aspects of writing ranging from setting up to where to write to get published. It teaches and motivates with being didactic or arrogant.”
—Pat Maslin-Ostrowski, Florida Atlantic University


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I concur with the person above. This is the best book I have come across during the last 5 years of my PhD program in New York City. He is honest and understands the process inside and out. His words jump off the page and it feels like he is on your shoulder cheering you on. Thank you.


Chapter 1 On Your Mark
Chapter 2 Get Going
Chapter 3 Keep Going
Chapter 4 Linking Up
Chapter 5 Tightening Up
Chapter 6 Finishing Up
Chapter 7 Getting Published
References and Select Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2009)

Harry F. Wolcott (Ph.D. Stanford) taught at the University of Oregon, serving on both the faculties of education and anthropology. He authored several ethnographic texts that included his experiences among the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia and with the African Beer Gardens of Bulawayo, Rhodesia, as well on ethnographic method and on writing itself, with a focus on qualitative research. His publications included: Transforming Qualitative Data (SAGE 1994); Art of Fieldwork (2nd ed., Altamira Press 2005); Ethnography: A Way of Seeing (2nd ed., Altamira Press 2008); Writing Up Qualitative Research (3rd ed., SAGE 2009); Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork (Altamira 2002), and Ethnography Lessons: A Primer (Left Coast Press, 2010).

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