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Every year, incredible work is published by incredible researchers. Here you will find the latest publications.

Qualitative Research in Action: A Canadian Primer, 4th edition

Now in its fourth edition, Qualitative Research in Action continues to offer students a concise, clear introduction to the diverse world of qualitative research. Throughout this compelling work, Deborah K. van den Hoonaard and new co-author Lisa-Jo ven den Scott bring the research process to life by exploring a wide array of examples drawn from actual studies, including their own research experiences. Emphasizing communication, connection, and flexibility as the cornerstones of qualitative research, this new edition offers beginner students the foundation they need to conduct their first qualitative studies. This fourth edition of Qualitative Research in Action sees the addition and emphasis of Indigenous content and methodologies, including new examples of working with Indigenous communities, along with new and expanded discussions on auto-ethnography, unobtrusive research, oral history, and talking circles.

The Craft of Qualitative Research.

An edited collection packed with advice, exercises, and anecdotes, The Craft of Qualitative Research is a practical, introductory guide that will develop students’ skills and confidence in qualitative research. Accessible in style and tone, this text equips students with the tools needed to manage and overcome challenges, emotions, biases, and power dynamics in the field. To encourage experiential learning, 45 concise chapters include real-world examples and practical exercises from scholars and professionals in varying disciplines and stages of career. Each section begins with an editors’ introduction then takes readers through the steps of successful qualitative research: from planning projects ethically and entering the field, to collecting and analyzing data, and lastly, to exiting the field and disseminating findings. Students in research-reliant disciplines, particularly sociology, anthropology, criminology, social work, and health studies, will benefit from this distinctly practical resource.

Women Leaving and Losing in Politics: Eulogy Work on a Public Stage.

Scholars have focussed on men leaving politics, either of their own choice or not. Often this is framed in the “becoming an ex” literature. There are fewer studies on women retiring from politics or losing elections. In turning our gaze to women, therefore, we examine the concession speeches of women who have lost elections and women who are exiting political life. These women must perform their transition to an ex-politician in the public eye, accomplishing the first steps in their identity shift in their concession speeches. They perform a type of “eulogy work” as they frame their symbolic death in exiting the public sphere. We find that in their speeches, women political losers, in contrast to men, establish their roles in a timeline of women in history. They frame their participation in politics as paving the way for other women later, carving out a place for themselves in history where their political identity will, in some sense, remain for posterity. In addition, they lean on history, emphasizing that they were standing on the shoulders of women who came before them. This helps to aggrandize their own role in history as well. They recognize their families and supporters but lean into plans to continue a public life of service in some form, thus creating an afterlife for themselves. They demonstrate their acceptance of the situation with reference to it being “time” in the timeline for them to step down or step back from politics, thus simultaneously accomplishing and resisting Ebaugh’s dynamics of disengagement.

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