This useful volume offers alternatives to the dominant quantitative paradigm in social work research. It provides exemplary studies of social work problems using a diversity of qualitative approaches, including field observations, interviews, single cases, organizational documents and literary narratives. The studies, all made by social workers, range from examining surface content to the analysis of deep structures of discourse.
Catherine Kohler Riessman is Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College, and an Emerita Professor at Boston University. She serves as a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociomedical Science from Columbia University. Riessman has authored four books and numerous articles and book chapters in medical sociology and qualitative methodologies.