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Preface Critical Qualitative Health Research: Exploring Philosophies, Politics and Practices

The aim of this book is to explore the many ways in which philosophies, politics and practices enter into and shape the endeavour of qualitative research conducted in health -related settings. This edited collection is distinctive in aiming to engage with these facets of qualitative research at a time when questions over the value of qualitative research are evident, but yet when so many pressing global healthcare concerns over undignified or damaging care, growing inequalities and suffering, mental health issues, and increasing exclusions and marginalisation of minority communities and vulnerable of peoples, requires detailed, rich and in-depth accounts as well as challenging and troubling approaches. This book is further unique in offering contributions from a range of qualitative researchers confronting these issues, from early career to established experienced researchers and authors. The book aims to offer a critical counterpoint to current times. It provides an accessible, lively and controversial introduction to the diverse philosophies, politics and practices informing qualitative health related research, aiming to open up these concerns for scrutiny/interrogation and to stimulate further inquiry and debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Qualitative Health Research
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Philosophies, Politics and Practices
EditorsKay Aranda
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780429432774
ISBN (Print)9781138361263, 9781138361225
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Critical Qualitative Health Research Exploring Philosophies, Politics and Practices on 21/1/2020, available online:


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