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Rocking Qualitative Social Science
An Irreverent Guide to Rigorous Research
Ashley T. Rubin


July 2021
352 pages.
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Hardcover ISBN: 9781503611399
Paperback ISBN: 9781503628236

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Unlike other athletes, the rock climber tends to disregards established norms of style and technique, doing whatever she needs to do to get to the next foothold. This figure provides an apt analogy for the scholar at the center of this unique book. In Rocking Qualitative Social Science, Ashley Rubin provides and entertaining treatise, corrective vision, and rigorously informative guidebook for qualitative research methods that have long been dismissed in deference to traditional scientific methods. Recognizing the steep challenges facing many, especially junior, social science scholars who struggle to adapt their research models to narrowly defined notions of "right," Rubin argues that properly nourished qualitative research can generate important, creative, and even paradigm-shifting insights. This book is designed to help people conduct good qualitative research, talk about their research, and evaluate other scholars' work. Drawing on her own experiences in research and life, Rubin provide tools for qualitative scholars; synthesizes the best advice; and addresses the ubiquitous problem of anxiety in academia. Ultimately, this book argues that rigorous research can be anything but rigid.

About the author

Ashley T. Rubin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.