Using Participant Observation and Interviews to Study Middle-aged Gay Men, Ageing and Ageism

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This case study addresses how participant observation sessions and semi-structured interviews were combined in a PhD study concluded in 2011. Its principles can be applied to other mixed-qualitative methods research projects. It considers the advantages of the methods used as well as how the methodological, theoretical and practical challenges that the methods presented were managed during the research. Specifically, the case illuminates the advantages and challenges of using these qualitative methods to produce accounts of everyday thought and practice that are both plausible (rather than valid/accurate), that is, credible to gay men and the academic community, and transferable (rather than replicable), that is, could be heard in similar post-industrial cities with growing gay cultures or ‘scenes’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSage Research Methods in Action Case Studies
EditorsPublications Sage
Place of PublicationLondon/Thousand Oaks (CA)
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Oct 2014


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