This book explicates a reflective lifeworld research approach, based on phenomenological philosophy. The emphasis is on the lifeworld, the human intentionality and its capacity for seeing meaning and for reflection. The epistemological ideas presented in the book are transformed into an empirical research approach that serves as a guiding principle for research. The approach originates from the aim of allowing the phenomenon to guide the research by which the phenomenon and its meanings will be illuminated, understood and explicated, and is supported by an open and "bridled" attitude to the phenomenon and the research. Based on a solid epistemological presentation and ideas about how an open and "bridled" approach can be established, some methodological principles are outlined for data gathering as well as for descriptive and interpretive data analysis, respectively. Finally, general scientific concepts such as validity, objectivity and generalisation are discussed in relation to the reflective lifeworld research approach.
"This scholarly and comprehensive book moves comfortably and accessibly between important epistemological understandings and rich and lively descriptions of research methods and topics. The authors are generous in the way they take the reader into their world as researchers so that we may think through with them many of the challenges and requirements of applying a reflective lifeworld approach. Their style of writing is highly successful in portraying reflective lifeworld research as a thoughtful craft that can be learned. The book serves as an excellent and inspiring guide to phenomenological and hermeneutic research approaches that honour the complexities of human experience."
Les Todres, PhD., Professor of Qualitative Research and Psychotherapy, Centre for Qualitative Research. Bournemouth University, U.K.
"The experience gained from the use of the 1st edition in courses have been integrated into the text while keeping the useful content. The changes in the 2nd edition make it even more useful for courses in qualitative research. I personally found the new first chapter with its clear exposition of the philosophic ground of qualitative research especially helpful."
Don Polkinghorne, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, School of Education, University of Southern California, USA.