Researching Human Subjects: Interviews, Focus Groups, and Observation Research
  • Krueger, Richard A., and Mary A. Casey. 2015. Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research. 5th ed. London: Sage Publications.

Offers an accessible overview of how to organize and conduct a successful focus group.

  • Mosley, Layna, ed. 2013. Interview Research in Political Science. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Provides theoretical and practical insights on issues of research design, ethics, and data collection/analysis related to political science projects that collect interview-based evidence.

  • Pachirat, Timothy. 2009. “The Political in Political Ethnography: Dispatches from the Kill Floor.” In Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power, ed. Edward Schatz. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 143–62.

The author reflects on his experience of conducting extended participant observation in a slaughterhouse.

  • Stewart, Kate, and Matthew Williams. 2005. “Researching Online Populations: The Use of Online Focus Groups for Social Research.” Qualitative Research 5 (November): 395–416.

Evaluates the online applications of the focus group method and uses concrete examples to illustrate pros and cons.

  • Wedeen, Lisa. 2010. “Reflections on Ethnographic Work in Political Science.” Annual Review of Political Science 13 (June): 255–72.

Reviews the key features of ethnography as a research method and points to some of the most important contributions ethnography has made to the study of politics.

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