If there is a book the student interested in qualitative research is recommended to own at the time of writing this post, it may turn out to be Langdrige’s Phenomenological Psychology. The prospect of writing a 40 000+ word research thesis can be quite daunting for those students facing this project for the first time. Fear no more. In his brilliantly structured and practical book, Labddridge takes the researcher through all the necessary stages expected to be found and explored in a thesis.

After a brief but precise summary of the most influential thinkers in this field, which includes Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Ricoeur and Kierkegaard along with their respective contributions to phenomenological psychology, the author takes us through the structure of the research itself: the design, sampling, reflexivity, ethics, collecting data and writing and communicating the research findings.

Following the research method just outlined above Langdridge then takes the researcher through what he identifies as three distinct approaches in phenomenological psychology to choose from 1. A focus on the thing themselves: Descriptive Phenomenology (Husserl’s initial work); 2. Interpretation and Meaning: IPA, Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Template Analysis; 3. Narrating the Lifeworld: Critical Analysis.

In the last part of the book, the reader will find an essential chapter the author names ‘Key issues, Debates and Rebuttals’. As all good research papers should demonstrate – note that a parallel may here be drawn with the actual direction of the treatment with patients – the method should be subjected to critics and be problematized. This is a crucial part of the research as it creates a vital opening towards even more research, more work. More than anything one may argue that a scientific paper should not overlook the place of the Real. However impressively thorough a piece of research turns out to be, or may even be Nobel prize material, it will always only describe a fraction of the Real.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 01 edition (29 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780131965232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131965232

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