Critical Qualitative Health Research seeks to deepen understandings of the philosophies, politics and practices shaping contemporary qualitative health related research. This accessible, lively, controversial introduction draws on current empirical examples and critical discussion to show how qualitative research undertaken in neoliberal healthcare contexts emerges and the complex issues qualitative researchers confront.

This book provides readers with a critical, interrogative discussion of the histories and the legacies of qualitative research, as well as of the more recent calls for renewed criticality in research to respond to global health concerns. Contributions further showcase a range of contemporary work engaging with these issues and the complex encounters with philosophies, politics and practices this involves; from seeking explicit engagements with posthuman ideas or detailed explorations of deeply engaged humanist approaches, to critical discussions of the politics and practices of emerging novel, digital and creative methods.

This book offers postgraduate researchers, health researchers and students alike opportunities to engage more deeply with the emergent, complex and messy terrain of qualitative health related research.

chapter |24 pages


chapter 2|12 pages

Case study methodology

chapter 3|18 pages

Qualitative methods

Challenges and celebrations of fieldwork in the health care setting

chapter 4|20 pages

The practice of grounded theory

An interpretivist perspective

chapter 6|15 pages

From phenomenology to practice

Theoretical foundations and phenomenological methods

chapter 8|17 pages

Rethinking ethnography with practice theory

Engaging with critical theory in qualitative health research

chapter 9|18 pages


chapter 10|19 pages

Postcritical qualitative feminist research

Implications for participatory and narrative approaches

chapter 11|18 pages

The reflexive autoethnographer