Jamie BaxterWestern Social Science


See the schedule for dates for each topic.   Readings (some that are not even on the reading list for the course) are available to students enrolled in the class at the Owl site.

Feminist Approaches/Standpoint Methodology

Narayan, Uma  (2004)“The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist”  Chapter 15 (Pp. 213-224) in Sandra Harding (ed.) The feminist standpoint theory reader: Intellectual and political controversies. New York: Routledge (get it on OWL)

And don't forget to read Ch 3 from the text too!

In-depth Interviewing

Dwyer, S and Buckle, J.  (2009) The Space Between:On Being an Insider-Outsider in Qualitative Research International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(1): 54-63  (get it on OWL)

Participatory Action Research

This session reviews a broad range of literature on participatory action research in the social sciences. Both Saether and Bartlett review the literature and outline some of the different approaches to PAR. The remaining papers are short descriptions of case studies from the Nyden et al. book. All the papers raise the importance of and the considerable challenges of PAR.

Get all readings in this section on Owl

Bartlett, J. Iwasaki, Y., Gottlieb, B., Halld, D. and Mannel, R. (2007) Framework for Aboriginal-guided decolonizing research involving Metis and First Nations persons with diabetes, Social Science and Medicine 65: 2371–2382

(NEW for 2013) Baum, F., MacDougall, C. and Smith, D. (2006) Participatory action research, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 60: 854-57.

Brown, P. (1997) Social science and environmental activism: A personal account, in Nyden, P., Figert, A., Shibley, M. and Burrows, D. (Eds.) Building Community: Social Science in Action, Thousand Oaks CA: Pine Forge Press, pp.98-102.

Lukehart, J. (1997) Collaborative, policy-related research in the area of fair housing and community development, in Nyden, P., Figert, A., Shibley, M. and Burrows, D. (Eds.) Building Community: Social Science in Action, Thousand Oaks CA: Pine Forge Press, pp.47-51.

Pena, D. and Gallegos, J. (1997) Local knowledge and collaborative environmental action research, in Nyden, P., Figert, A., Shibley, M. and Burrows, D. (Eds.) Building Community: Social Science in Action, Thousand Oaks CA: Pine Forge Press, pp. 85-91E

(NOT required for 2013) Saether, B. (2007) From researching regions at a distance to participatory network building: Integrating action research and economic geography Syst Pract Act Res, 20:15–25

Discourse and Text Analysis

Heaton, J. (1999) The gaze and visibility of the carer: a Foucauldian analysis of the discourse of informal care, Sociology of Health and Illness, 21(6): 759-77

"P3 Opener" = The opening section to Part 3 of your text. 

Rigour and Counting

Athens, L. Scientific criteria for evaluating qualitative studies, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 5: 259-268.

Baxter, J. and Eyles, J. (1997) Evaluating qualitative research in social geography: Establishing "rigour" in interview analysis, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 22(4): 505-25.

Baxter, J. and Greenlaw, K. (2005) Revisiting cultural theory of risk: Explaining perceptions of technological environmental hazards using comparative analysis, Canadian Geographer, 49(1): 61-80.

McMullin, J. Duerden Comeau, T. and Jovic, E. (2007) Generational affinities and discourses of difference: a case study of highly skilled information technology workers, British Journal of Sociology, 58(2)

Munck, Gerardo L.  (1998).  “Canons of Research Design in Qualitative Analysis.”  Studies in Comparative International Development 33(3): 18-45.

Sandelowski, M. (2001) Real qualitative researchers do not count: The use of numbers in qualitative research, Research in Nursing and Health 24(3) 230-240.

Schouten, J. and McAlexander, J. Subcultures of consumption: An ethnography of the new bikers, Journal of Consumer Research, 22(1): 43-61.

Risteen Hasselkus B (1991)  Qualitative research: Not another orthodoxy The Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 11(1) 3-7

Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data "Analysis" 

Bringer, J. Johnston, L. and Brackenridge, C. (2006) Using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software to Develop a Grounded Theory Project, Field Methods, 18(3) pp.245-266.

St. John, W. and Johnson, P. (2000) The pros and cons of data analysis software for qualitative research, Journal of Nursing Scholarship; 32(4): 393


Borland, K. (2004)  "That's Not What I Said": Interpretive Conflict in Oral Narrative Research, in Nagy Hesse-Biber, S. and Leavy (Eds) Approaches to Qualitative Research: A reader on Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press.

Shaw, I. (2008) Ethics and the practice of qualtiative resrach, Qualitative Sociial Work, 7(4): 400-14.

Tierney, W. and Blumberg Corwin, Z. (2007) The tensions bewtween academic freedom and institutional review boards, Qualitative Inquiry, 13(3): 388-98.

Get your tricouncil policy statement CORE training - add this to your CV? (not required for summary or class).  When in doubt about the principles that should guide the ethical conduct of your research, consult the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethics