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.

For a methodological rationale for why case study designs are a sound approach and how they contribute to theory building, this paper is essential reading:

Flyvbjerg, B. (2006) ‘Five misunderstandings about case-study research’, Qualitative Inquiry, 12(2): 219–45.

On choice of method, see this paper for an interesting critique of the emphasis in UK sociology of health on in-depth interviews:

Savage, M. and Burrows, R. (2007) ‘The coming crisis of empirical sociology’, Sociology, 41(5):

On the choice of inductive/deductive designs, this paper is interesting on the rationale for qualitative research which is testing a model. The example is research using the Normalisation Process Theory Model, which is the subject of case study 13.2.

Macfarlane, A. and O'Reilly-de Brún, M. (2011) ‘Using a theory-driven conceptual framework in qualitative health research’, Qualitative Health Research, ;22(5):607–18. doi: 10.1177/1049732311431898. Epub 2011

The rather more pragmatic view on sample sizes for interview studies is from Guest et al, cited in the chapter:

Guest, G., Bunce, A. and Johnson, L. (2006) ‘How many interviews are enough? An experiment with data saturation and variability’, Field Methods, 18(1): 59–82.