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COMM5600 Reading List

Dissertation and Research Methods, 2017/18, Semester C12
Dr Nancy Thumim
n.thumim@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Module Reading List

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Week 1 - Introduction

Compulsory readings

Wright-Mills, C. (1959). Appendix: On intellectual craftsmanship. Available from: https://archivingthecity.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/mills_on_intellctual_craftmanship.pdf . Last accessed 25 October 2016.

Berger, A. (2010) Media and Communication Research Methods: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches . London: Sage. Chapter 1 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Schwartz, M. A. 2008. “The importance of stupidity in scientific research.” Journal of cell science. 121 (11), 1771.

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Week 2 - Question development

Creswell, J. (2009) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapters 1, 5, 6 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Punch, K. (2005) Introduction to social research : quantitative & qualitative approaches . London: Sage. Chapter 3 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Silverman, David (2010) Doing Qualitative Research : A Practical Handbook (3rd Edition). London: Sage Chapter 3

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Week 3 - Methods overview

Field, A. (2009) Discovering statistics using SPSS : (and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll) . 5th edition. London: Sage. Chapters 1 & 2 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Creswell, J. (2007) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among Five Approaches . 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapters 2 & 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Silverman, David (2010) Doing Qualitative Research : A Practical Handbook (3rd Edition). London: Sage Chapter 4

Additional sources:

Creswell, J. (2007) Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches . London: Sage. Chapter 8: Data analysis and representation.

Lindlof, T. & Taylor, B. (2011) Qualitative Communication Research Methods (3rd ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapter 8: Sensemaking: qualitative data analysis and interpretation Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 4 - Argumentation

Hart, C. (1998) Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination . London: Sage. Chapter 5 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Cottrell, Stella (2005) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument . New York: Palgrave. Chapter 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 5 - Content analysis

Langer, A. I. 2007. A Historical Exploration of the Personalisation of Politics in the Print Media: The British Prime Ministers 1945-1999. Parliamentary affairs. . 60(3), 371-387.

Neuendorf, K. A. 2002. The content analysis guidebook. London: Sage. Chapter 1. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Further Reading

Cushion, S. & Lewis, J., 2009. Towards a `Foxification’ of 24-hour news channels in Britain? Journalism. , 10(2), 131 –153.

De Vreese, C. H. 2001. 'Europe' in the News. A Cross-National Comparative Study of the News Coverage of Key EU Events. European Union politics. , 2, 283-307.

Gandy, Oscar H. Jr.; Kopp, Katharina; Hands, Tanya; Frazer, Karen; Phillips, David. 1997. Race and Risk: Factors Affecting the Framing of Stories About Inequality, Discrimination, and Just Plain Bad Luck. Public Opinion Quarterly. . 61(1), 158-182

Krippendorff, K. 2004. Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology . London: Sage

Riffe, D., Lacy, S., Fico, F. G. 2005. Analyzing media messages : using quantitative content analysis in research . London: Lawrence Erlbaum

Robinson, P, Goddard, P, Parry, K, Murray, C. 2009. ‘Testing Models of Media Performance in Wartime: U.K. TV News and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq’ Journal of communication. 59, 534-563

Rose, G. 2007. Chapter 4 in Visual methodologies : an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials. Second edition London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Semetko, H. A. & Valkenburg, P. M. 2000. Framing European Politics: A Content Analysis of Press and Television News. Journal of communication. , 50(2), 93-109.

Shoemaker, P.J., 1996. Mediating the message : theories of influences on mass media content 2nd ed., White Plains, N.Y. ; London: Longman.

Wimmer, R.D., 2006. Mass Media Research: An Introduction 8th ed., Belmont, Calif: Thomson/Wadsworth.

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Week 6 - Visual Methods

Barthes, R, (1977) Rhetoric of the image. FROM: Barthes, R, Image, music, text pp.32-51. London: Fontana. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Aiello, G. (2006). Theoretical advances in critical visual analysis: Perception, ideology, mythologies and social semiotics. Journal of Visual Literacy, 26 (2): 89-102. Available by clicking here

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Week 7 - Rhetorical and Discourse Analysis

Gill, R. (1996). Discourse analysis: Practical implementation. In J.T.E. Richardson (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research methods for psychology and the social sciences , pp. 141-158. Leicester: BPS Books Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Wood, L. & Kroger, R. (2000) Doing discourse analysis : methods for studying action in talk and text . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapter 1

Berger, A. (2011) Media and communication research methods: An introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapter 5: Ideological Criticism, pp. 91-116.

Hall, S. (Ed). (1997). Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices . London: Sage/Open University Press. Particularly Chapter 1: ‘The Work of Representations’, pp. 13-75 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Berger, A. (2011)  Media and communication research methods: An introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Chapter 4: Rhetorical analysis. Pp. 73-90.

Leach, J. (2012) Rhetorical analysis. In M. Bauer & G. Gaskell (eds) Qualitative researching with text, image and sound : a practical handbook . London: Sage. Pp. 207-226.

Rose, G. 2001. Visual methodologies : an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials . London: Sage. Chapter 4, pp. 69-99. [e-book]

Hall, S. (1997). The spectacle of the other In S. Hall (ed.) Representation : Cultural representation and signifying practices . Sage.

Silverman, D. (2004) Visual Images In Interpreting Qualitative Data : Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction . London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage: 193-216 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 8 - Historical analysis

Gaillet, L.L. (2012) Per-Forming Archival Research Methodologies. College composition and communication. . 64(1): 35-58.

Bingham, A. 2015. Media products as historical artefacts. In: Conboy, M. and Steel, J. (eds) The Routledge companion to British media history . London: Routledge, pp. 19-28.

Curran, J. 2009. Narratives of media history revisited. In: Bailey, M. (ed.) Narrating media history [electronic resource] . London: Routledge, pp. 1-21.

L’Etang, J. 2008. Writing PR history: Issues, methods and politics. Journal of communication management. , 12 (4): 319-335

Pickering, M. 2015. The devaluation of history in media studies. In: Conboy, M. and Steel, J. (eds) The Routledge companion to British media history . London: Routledge, pp. 9-18.

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Week 9 - Focus groups and interviewing

Liamputtong, P. & Ezzy, D. (2005) Qualitative Research Methods . Oxford: OUP. Chapter 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Leech, B. (2002). Asking Questions: Techniques for Semi-structured Interviews. PS : political science and politics. , 35(4): 665-668.

Merton, R. K. 1987. “The Focussed Interview and Focus Groups: Continuities and Discontinuities.” Public Opinion Quarterly. 51(4), 550–566.

Plesner, U. (2011) Studying sideways: Displacing the problem of power in research interviews with sociologists and journalists. Qualitative inquiry. 17(6): 471-482.

Razon, N. & Ross, K. (2012) Negotiating fluid identities: Alliance-building in qualitative interviews. Qualitative inquiry. , 18(6): 494-503.

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Week 10 - Ethnography and online research

Hewson, C. & Laurent, D. Research design and tools for internet research. In N. Fielding et al. (eds).  The SAGE handbook of online research methods . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 58-78.

Ess, C. & AOIR ethics working group (2002 ) Ethical decision-making and Internet research: Recommendations from the AOIR ethics working committee . Available on-line at http://aoir.org/reports/ethics.pdf Last accessed 25 September 2014

Jones, C. (2011)  Ethical issues in online research  , British Educational Research Association on-line resource. Available on-line at http://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Ethical-issues-in-online-research.pdf  Last accessed 25 September 2014

Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P. 2007. Ethnography: principles in practice . (Third Ed.) London: Routledge. Chapter 1, pp. 1-20. [e-book]

Berger, A. (2011) Media and communication research methods: An introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Chapter 10: Participant Observation, pp. 189-202.

Sanders, C. R. 1980. “Rope burns: Impediments to the achievement of basic comfort early in the field research experience.” In W. Shaffir, R. Stebbins, and A. Turowetz, eds., Fieldwork experience : qualitative approaches to social research . New York: St. Martin’s Press, pp. 158–170.

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Week 11 - Ethics

Baxter, L. & Babbie. E. (2004). Chapter 5: The Ethics of Communication Research . available at http://digilib.bc.edu/reserves/co350/lann/co35001.pdf . Last accessed 23 September 2014.

Allen, C. 1997. “Spies like us: When sociologists deceive their subjects.” Lingua Franca (November), 31-39 - Available online: http://linguafranca.mirror.theinfo.org/9711/9711.allen.html

Skeggs, B. 1995. Theorising, ethics and representation in feminist ethnography. In: Skeggs, B. (ed.) Feminist cultural theory : process and production . Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp.190-206. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

AoIR (2014) Ethical decision making and internet research. (http://aoir.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ethics2.pdf)

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Reading List (scroll down)

Abbott, A. (2004). Methods of discovery : heuristics for the social sciences . London: W.W. Norton & Co.

Baxter, L. & Babbie, E. (2004) The basics of communication research . Belmont, CA: Thomson Learning.

Essential Text:  Berger, Arthur Asa (2010) Media and communication research methods : an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches . London: Sage. Note: previous editions will also be useful.

Berry, R. (1999) Collecting data by in-depth interviewing. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Sussex at Brighton, September 2 - 5. Available at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/000001172.htm . Last Accessed 5 September 2012.

Chouliaraki L. (2008) Discourse Analysis in Bennett T. & Frow J. (eds.) The SAGE handbook of cultural analysis . Sage, London 2008 pp. 674-698.

Coombs, H. (2001) Research using IT . Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Creswell, J. (2007) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among Five Approaches . 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  

Essential text: Creswell, J. (2009) Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Daymon, C. & Holloway, I. (2011) Qualitative research methods in public relations and marketing communications  (2nd Edition). London: Routledge. 

De Vaus, D (2002) Surveys in Social Research (5th edition). New York: Routledge.

Deacon, David, Pickering, Michael, Golding, Peter and Murdock, Graham (2007) Researching Communications (2nd Edition). London: Arnold.

Field, A. (2009) Discovering statistics using SPSS : (and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll (5th edition). London: Sage.

Fielding, N., R. Lee & G. Blank. (2008) The SAGE handbook of online research methods . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Gill, R. (1996). Discourse analysis: Practical implementation. In J.T.E. Richardson (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research methods for psychology and the social sciences , 141-158. Leicester: BPS Books

Gray, Ann (2003) Research practice for cultural studies : ethnographic methods and lived cultures . London: Sage.

Gunter, Barrie (2000) Media research methods : measuring audiences, reactions and impact . London: Sage.

Hall, S. (Ed). (1997). Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices . London: Sage/Open University Press. esp. Chapter 1: ‘The Work of Representations’, pp. 13-75.

Hansen, Anders et al. (1998) Mass communication research methods . Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Hart, C. (1998) Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination . London: Sage.

Krueger, K. & Casey, M. (2009) Focus groups: A practical guide for applied research . London: Sage.

Liamputtong, P. (2011) Focus group methodology : principle and practice . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Liamputtong, P. (2005) Qualitative Research methods . Oxford: OUP. Note: later editions will also be useful.

Lindlof, T. & Taylor, B. (2010) Qualitative communication research methods . London: Sage.

Macdonald, M. (2003) Exploring media discourse . London: Arnold. Chapter 6 ‘Unsafe Food’. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Maykut, Pamela and Morehouse, Richard (1994) Beginning qualitative research : a philosophic and practical guide . London: The Falmer Press.

Morse, J, (1994) Designing funded qualitative research. In Denzin, N, (ed) Handbook of qualitative research . pp.220-235. London: Thousand Oaks. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Neuendorf K. (2002) The content analysis guidebook . Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.

O’Leary, Zina (2005) Researching real-world problems : a guide to methods of inquiry . London: Sage.

O’Leary, Zina (2004) The essential guide to doing research . London: Sage.

Ragin, Charles (1994) Constructing social research : the unity and diversity of method . Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Rose, G. (2012) Visual methodologies. Second edition Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Note: earlier editions will be useful.

Schutt, Russell K. (2006) Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (5th Edition). London: Pine Forge Press.

Silverman, David (2010) Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook (3rd Edition). London: Sage. Note: earlier editions of this book will also be useful.

Smith, Mark J. (1998) Social science in question . London: Sage.

Stokes, Jane (2003) How to do media and cultural studies . London: Sage.

Willis, J. (2007) Foundations of qualitative research : interpretive and critical approaches . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  

Wright-Mills, C. (1959) The Sociological Imagination . New York: Oxford University Press.

Wood, L. & Kroger, R. (2000) Doing discourse analysis : methods for studying action in talk and text . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yin, R. (2009) Case study research, design and methods . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wetherell, M; Taylor, S and Yates, S Y, (Eds.) Discourse theory and practice : a reader London: Sage.

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Academic Skills

Cottrell, Stella (2005) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument . New York: Palgrave.

Cottrell, Stella (2008) Study Skills Handbook (3rd Edition). New York: Palgrave

Levin, Peter (2007) Skilful time management . Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Levin, Peter (2004) Write great essays! : a guide to reading and essay writing for undergraduates and taught postgraduates . Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Northedge, Andy (2005) The Good Study Guide . Milton Keynes: Open University.

Walton, Douglas N. (2001) Informal logic . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This list was last updated on 29/09/2016