Qualitative Methods FINAL

(Second of four reading lists for my qualifying exams.)

These readings aim to survey major qualitative research methods and their epistemologies. A selection of philosophical texts examines underlying ideas of conjectural and other forms of knowledge production not bound to statistical verification or experimental models. A selection of readings then provides exemplars of and writing on several qualitative methods: historiography, critical discourse analysis, rhetorical analysis, media ethnography and political economy/materialist analysis.
ADDED: 1. Lindlof, T. R. & Taylor, B. C. 2002. Qualitative communication research methods (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Vico, G. 2002. The first new science. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Heidegger, M. 2000. Introduction to metaphysics. (Fried & Polt translation). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Nietzsche, F. W. 2000. Basic writings of Nietzsche. New York: Modern Library.

2. de Certeau, M. 1992. The writing of history. New York: Columbia University Press.
3. Doel, R. E. and Söderqvist, T. (Eds.). 2006. Historiography of science, technology and medicine. New York: Routledge.
4. Foucault, M. 2003. The birth of the clinic. New York: Routledge.
5. Cohen, D. J. and Rosenzweig, R. 2005. Digital history: A guide to gathering, preserving, and presenting the past on the web. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
6. Ginzburg, C. 2002. The judge and the historian: Marginal notes on a late-twentieth-century miscarriage of justice. New York: Verso.CHANGE TO:The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Johns Hopkins Univeristy Press.
ADDED:7. Crary, J. 1992. Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 19th Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Critical Discourse Analysis
Barker, C. and Galasinski, D. 2001. Cultural studies and discourse analysis: A dialogue on language and identity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
8. Lazar, M. M. 2005. Feminist critical discourse analysis: Studies in gender, power and ideology. London: Palgrave.
9. Foucault, M. 2000. Aesthetics, method and epistemology. New York: Penguin Books.
10. Foucault, M. 1995. Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison. New York: Vintage.
11. Kittler, F. A. and Metteer, M. 1992. Discourse networks, 1800/1900. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Media Ethnography
12. Mankekar, P. and Mankeka, P. 1999. Screening culture, viewing politics: An ethnography of television, womanhood, and nation in postcolonial India. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
13. Dávila, A. 2001. Latinos, inc.: The marketing and making of a people. Berkeley: University of California Press.
14. Battaglia, D. (Ed). 2005. E.T. culture: Anthropology in outerspaces. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
15. Sieter, E. 1999. Television and new media audiences. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rhetorical Analysis
16. Dorland, M. and Charland, M. 2002. Law, rhetoric, and irony in the formation of Canadian civil culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
17. Warner, M. 2005. Publics and counterpublics. New York: Zone Books.
18. Foucault, M. 2001. Fearless speech. New York: Semiotext(e).
19. White, H. 1985. Tropics of discourse: Essays in cultural criticism. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Political Economy/Materialist Analysis
20. Weber, M. 2002. The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. New York: Routledge.
21. Tucker, R. C. 1978. The Marx/Engels reader. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
22. Olssen, M. 2006. Michel Foucault: Materialism and education. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
23. Schiller, H. 1991. Culture inc.: The corporate takeover of public expression. New York: Oxford University Press.
ADDED:24. Mosco, V. 2004. The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace. Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.
ADDED: 25. Schiller, D. 2006. How to Think about Information. University of Illinois Press.

Cultural Studies
26. Barker, C. and Galasinski, D. 2001. Cultural studies and discourse analysis: A dialogue on language and identity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
ADDED: 27. Morley, D. and Chen, K. (Eds.) 1996. Stuart Hall: Critical dialogues in cultural studies. New York: Routledge. POSSIBLE ALTERNATE:Hall, S., Critcher, C., Jefferson, T. and Clarke, J. 1978. Policing the Crisis. Macmillan.
ADDED:28. Nelson, C. and Gaonkar, D. P. (Eds.) 1996. Disciplinarity and dissent in cultural studies. New York: Routledge.
ADDED:29. McRobbie, A. 2005. The uses of cultural studies. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
ADDED:30. Williams, R. 2003. Television: Technology and cultural form. New York: Routledge.


ADDED:31. Geertz, C. "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight.” In Geertz, C. 2002. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books.
ADDED:32. Clifford, J. "On Ethnographic Authority." In Clifford, J. 1988. The predicament of culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
ADDED: 33. Becker, H. S. 1998. Tricks of the trade: How to think about your research while you're doing it. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
ADDED: 34. Junker, B. H. 1960. Field work: An introduction to the social sciences. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
ADDED: 35. Van Maanen, J. 1988. Tales of the field: On writing ethnography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

POSSIBLE ADDITION?Visual Studies - discipline or method?


  1. Sweet Jesus. I'm so glad that I don't have to take quals. I just have to write three 30 page papers. By the way, de Certeau will make your head hurt.

  2. haha yeah de Cert' already gave me headaches with Everyday Life but the excerpt I read from History seemed pretty groovy so I'm giving him a second date