Further Reading

Links to SAGE readings have been provided, non-SAGE readings are suggested and you may be able to find these via your university’s library.

Examples of qualitative research where the authors are explicit about how they have used particular bodies of theory include:

Harries, T. and Rettie, R. (2016) ‘Walking as a social practice: dispersed walking and the organisation of everyday practices’, Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(6): 874–83. 

Bonnington, O. and Rose, D. (2014) ‘Exploring stigmatisation among people diagnosed with either bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder: A critical realist analysis’, Social Science & Medicine, 123: 7–17. 


These papers are referred to in the book, here are worth looking at as examples of how specific theoretical approaches (from Bourdieu in Harries and Rettie, and from critical realism in Bonnington and Rose) are used to orientate the data analysis and research aims.

For a brief overview of phenomenology see:

van Manen, Max (2017) ‘But is it phenomenology?’, Qualitative Health Research, 27(6): 775–79.