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Evaluating or analyzing clinical practice often involves an analysis of the social context of care. This has created research opportunities for health sociologists to work on multidisciplinary teams with clinicians. This article gives an account of the methodological strategies that were...
Paradigmatic research has great potential to discover some of the most covert, complex, and difficult human problems and concerns. There remain, however, a number of critical issues and problems related to the misuse of qualitative methods and a lack of knowledge about the purposes, goals, and...
As a technique for gathering data on human behavior, "ethnography" has become very popular in a wide range of disciplines and fields. Such popularity has its cost, however. While providing valuable insights and depth of knowledge into understanding behavior, the perspective that informed its...
This article argues that shifting paradigms for health promotion research would result in a better fit between research intents and social and behavioral phenomena. Further, it argues that the constructivist paradigm exhibits great utility, power, and synergism with emerging concepts in health...
This article is a reflection on the analysis of ethnographic data gathered from a medical setting. On the basis of a rereading of field notes, the article identifies two modes of reading. The first, shared with many standard approaches to analysis, is based on the fragmentation of the text into...
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