Ambachtelijke illusies | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1385-1535
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7324


Naturalism and qualitative research

Roy Gigengack

In his discussion of Doing Qualitative Research: The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry (Beuving & De Vries, 2015, Amsterdam: AUP), Gigengack praises its accessibility and the valuable chapters on interviewing, documents, portrayals, and things, especially for method courses. But he dislikes the authors’ conception of naturalism and the definition of qualitative research as a craft. In their reaction, Beuving and De Vries stress that in their conception naturalism is to be seen as a form of realism, but Gigengack replies with an analysis of the book’s cover picture to show the limitations of this view. In a comment on these discussions, Smaling describes Beuving & De Vries’ position as one of four conceptions of naturalism in qualitative research.


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