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'We must put ourselves in the position of the subject who tries to find his way in this world, and we must remember, first of all, that the environment by which he is influenced and to which he adapts himself is his world, not the objective world of science.'

W.I. Thomas
and
F. Znaniecki

Qualitative Sociology Review
2009
Volume V Issue 3


Contributors


Barbara Kawulich is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of West Georgia, USA. Her interests include research methodology, particularly qualitative methodologies, and issues of interest to indigenous women. She co-edited "Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences" with the co-authors of this article and has numerous other articles in Advancing Women in Leadership, Journal of Research in Education, and Forum: Qualitative Social Research, among others. She and her co-authors are pursuing further research in the area of conceptions of research and other gaps in the literature on research methodology.

Contact: bkawulic@westga.edu


Robert Prus is a sociologist at the University of Waterloo. A symbolic interactionist, pragmatist ethnographer, and social theorist, his publications include Road Hustler with C.R.D. Sharper; Hookers, Rounders, and Desk Clerks with Styllianoss Irini; Making Sales; Pursuing Customers; Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research; Subcultural Mosaics and Intersubjective Realities; Beyond the Power Mystique; and The Deviant Mystique with Scott Grills. Working as an ethnohistorian and theorist, Robert Prus has been tracing the developmental flows of pragmatist thought from the classical Greek era (c700-300BCE) to the present time. Focusing on the nature of human knowing and acting, this venture has taken him into several areas of western social thought -- including rhetoric, poetics, religious studies, history, education, politics, and philosophy. Questing for the articulation and assessment of generic social processes pertaining to the study of community life, this project also is informed by comparative analysis of these transhistorical and transcontextual materials.

Contact: prus@uwaterloo.ca


Mark Garner pis Head of Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom. Within Linguistics, his field of expertise is applied discourse analysis, and he has been principal co-investigator for a number of communication research projects for the police, emergency and rescue services, and more recently for healthcare agencies. He is also interested in research methodology, in particular, in incorporating the specialist skills of linguistic analysis within the framework of broader social science approaches. He has developed postgraduate research methods courses in universities in three countries, and pioneered interest in research methods pedagogy as a field of enquiry in its own right. He has written books and published extensively in journals on a wide range of topics in applied linguistics and research methods.

Contact: m.garner@abdn.ac.uk


Claire Wagner is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her interests are in research methodology across the social sciences and environmental psychology. She has co-edited a book on teaching research methods (Ashgate 2009) and has published articles on the topic in Studies in Higher Education, South African Journal of Higher Education, South African Journal of Psychology amongst others. She is currently exploring published research on teaching research methods with the co-authors of this article to identify gaps in the literature and to suggest future research agendas.

Contact: claire.wagner@up.ac.za


Izabela Wagner (PhD) is Associate Professor at Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland and associate researcher CEMS-EHESS, France. She is also a member of the Centre of French Civilisation at University of Warsaw. Her areas of research are the career, elite socialisation, higher education, functioning of occupational milieu, and international professional culture. The researches concern particularly two occupational groups: virtuosos musicians and researchers in life-sciences disciplines. The field of these studies is situated in different countries in UE (France, Poland, Germany, Spain) and in the USA or Canada.

Contact: izabela.wagner@yahoo.fr


Anne Ryen is Associate Professor of Sociology at Agder University, Norway, Former president of the Research Network Qualitative Methods in the European Sociological Association and member of the Scientific Committee of RC33 Logic and Methodology in the International Sociological Association. She has been doing research in East-Africa for more than 15 years, and her focus is at fringe benefits in private business, ethnic economy and welfare. Her many publications include "Cross-cultural Interviewing" in Handbook of Interview Research (edited by J. F. Gubrium and J. A. Holstein 2002), "Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research" in Qualitative Research Practice (edited by C. Seale et al 2004), "Ethnography: Constitutive Practice and Research Ethics" in Handbook of Social Science Research Ethics (edited by D. M. Mertens and P. Ginsberg 2008). Among others her books include The Qualitative Interview (2002) and How can fringe benefits become remuneration? (2005. In Norwegian with K. Knudsen).

Contact: Anne.Ryen@uia.no


Krzysztof T. Konecki is a Professor of Sociology, chair of Organizational and Management Sociology Department, Lodz University, Poland, President of the Qualitative Methods Research Network of the European Sociological Association. His major research areas are: qualitative sociology, grounded theory, symbolic interactionism, visual sociology, sociology of management and organization, sociology of work, organizational symbolism, Japanese culture and management, human-non-human-animals relationships.

Contact: konecki@uni.lodz.pl


Ana Maria Brandão is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minho, Portugal. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, and identity, as well as social research methodologies. Recent published works include diverse articles in Portuguese sociology journals such as Configurações or Análise Social, focusing on the interplay between gender, sexuality, and identity, as well as on the use of qualitative research methodologies. She has co-edited two books on identity: O Público e o Privado na Modernidade Tardia [The Public and the Private in Late Modernity] (Universidade do Minho/ Núcleo de Estudos em Sociologia 2005) and Formas Identitárias e Modernidade Tardia [Identity Forms in Late Modernity] (Universidade do Minho/ Núcleo de Estudos em Sociologia 2004). She is currently writing a book on the social construction of sexual identities and editing a book on identity fragmentation and intersectionalities.

Contact: anabrandao@ics.uminho.pt


Dominika Byczkowska (M. A.) is assistant in Sociology of Organization and Management Department, book reviews editor in "Qualitative Sociology Review" and Member of "Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej" Advisory Board. Her main interests are: symbolic interactionism, Grounded Theory Methodology, social construction of embodiment, sociology of dance, anticipatory socialization in professional groups, Public Relations and lobbing. At the time she does research on social world of ballroom dancers and social construction of embodiment.

Contact: dominikita@wp.pl


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