This book is an ideal starter text for those new to the field, providing thorough coverage of all the core areas of qualitative research practice. Rose Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitiative research. Each chapter comes with a range of exercises and with excerpts of genuine qualitative data that help the reader get a good feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data. Barbour's hands-on explanatory style used throughout makes this the ideal textbook for students of qualitative methods courses in any social science discipline, and for students or novice researchers doing research projects using qualitative approaches. In this book Barbour drawns upon her extensive research experience as a medicail sociologist to offer those new to qualitaive research a 'vicarious apprenticeship' in the 'craft' of qualitative research...Indeed, anyone new to postgraduate qualitative research will welcome the single port of call Barbour creates with regard to analysis and groundwork, interrogating data and theorizing in qualitative data analysis. This is because she has taken a considered, informed and holistic approach to qualitative research, and created a rich and user-friendly resource Qualitative Research.