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Author Simpson, Paul, author

Title Using participant observation and interviews to study middle-aged gay men, ageing and ageism / Paul Simpson
Published [Los Angeles, California] : SAGE, 2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series SAGE research methods. Cases
SAGE research methods. Cases
Summary This case study addresses how participant observation sessions and semi-structured interviews were combined in a PhD study concluded in 2011. Its principles can be applied to other mixed-qualitative methods research projects. It considers the advantages of the methods used as well as how the methodological, theoretical and practical challenges that the methods presented were managed during the research. Specifically, the case illuminates the advantages and challenges of using these qualitative methods to produce accounts of everyday thought and practice that are both plausible (rather than valid/accurate), that is, credible to gay men and the academic community, and transferable (rather than replicable), that is, could be heard in similar post-industrial cities with growing gay cultures or 'scenes'
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on November 19, 2015)
Subject Aging -- Research -- Case studies
Interviewing -- Case studies.
Middle-aged gay men -- Research -- Case studies.
Participant observation -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1473951054 (ebook)
9781473951051 (ebook)