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Meta-Ethnography : Synthesizing Qualitative Studies - George W. Noblit


Synthesizing Qualitative Studies

Paperback Published: 1st April 1988
ISBN: 9780803930230
Number Of Pages: 88

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This provocative volume deals with one of the chief criticisms of ethnographic studies, a criticism which centres on their particularism or their insistence on context -- the question is asked: How can these studies be generalized beyond the individual case? Noblit and Hare propose a method -- meta-ethnography -- for synthesizing from qualitative, interpretive studies. They show that ethnographies themselves are interpretive acts, and demonstrate that by translating metaphors and key concepts between ethnographic studies, it is possible to develop a broader interpretive synthesis. Using examples from numerous studies, the authors illuminate how meta-ethnography works, isolate several types of meta-ethnographic study and provide a theoretical justification for the method's use.

The Idea of a Meta-Ethnography
A Meta-Ethnographic Approach
Constructing Meta-Ethnographies
Reciprocal Translations as Synthesis
Refutational Synthesis
Lines-of-Argument Synthesis
Inscribing Meta-Ethnographies
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ISBN: 9780803930230
ISBN-10: 0803930232
Series: Qualitative Research Methods
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 1st April 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.4  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.16