It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).

Anticipating Analysis and Making Sense of Qualitative Data

Anticipating Analysis and Making Sense of Qualitative Data

Analysis is shaped by how we approach research as a whole. We review grounded theory and critical interpretivism as contrasting illustrations of this point. We nonetheless emphasise that there are anchoring shared motifs in qualitative analysis. We explore ideas of discourse (briefly) and reflexivity (more fully) as examples of such motifs.

In the second part of the chapter we discuss the steps through which we anticipate and prepare for qualitative analysis, underlining the interweaving of fieldwork and analysis. Fieldnotes, field diaries, memoing, transcription and coding are reviewed, and in each case treating them as methodological rather than simply technical decisions. We conclude with an overview of the challenges and opportunities afforded by computer assisted qualitative analysis.

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