Methodological Principles and Practice
Edited By Michael Grenfell and Frédéric Lebaron
Part II Qualitative
Michael Grenfell Introduction to Part II Part II deals with research carried out from a Bourdieusian perspective where an essentially qualitative approach has been adopted. We take a broad definition of the term ‘qualitative’ to include any project where data are collected but explicit statistical and geometric systems are not used to analyse them. Such an approach can itself be re-expressed more specifically, and various other research traditions may be grouped under this rubric: natural, symbolic interactionalist, ethnographic, interpretative, etc. It is not our intention to tease out the dif ferences between these, nor to compare and contrast them in terms of Bourdieu’s own approach. Still, it is worth noting that all of these perspectives, including Bourdieu’s, are conducted from the basis of a fairly limited range of data sources: either the researcher interviews subjects, or constructs questionnaires, or observes them, or undertakes documentary analyses, or gives the subjects tasks and records their response to them. Of course, the devil is in the detail here and, in each case, it is worth considering how a Bourdieusian approach to each of these forms of data collection may dif fer from more traditional ways. We will take another look at such considerations later in the book. These issues, along with those outlined in Part I of the book, should be kept in mind whilst reading the contributions to Part II. It is made up of four separate chapters. The first deals with the topic of inclusion in a Minority Language School. Data...