Conceived by Chris Grey and written to get you thinking, the “Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap” series offers an informal, conversational, accessible yet sophisticated and critical overview of what you find in conventional textbooks.

Instances or Sequences?

In the previous chapter, I considered what kinds of data qualitative researchers should properly gather. However, contrary to the assumptions of many apprentice researchers, collecting data is not even half the battle. Data analysis is always the name of the game. Unless you can show that your data analysis is soundly based and thorough, all the effort you put into accessing and collecting your data will have come to naught.

In explaining what ‘soundly based’ and ‘thorough’ qualitative data analysis looks like, this chapter offers you a kind of sandwich. The bread consists of a number of relevant research studies. Sandwiched between these is a brief discussion of two great social science thinkers of the last century who showed us why sequences ...

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