Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

Theorizing in Qualitative Analysis


  • This chapter outlines a range of theoretically-informed and sometimes discipline-specific approaches to analysis – frame analysis; narrative analysis; discourse and critical discourse analysis; and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
  • It provides advice on how to strike a balance between structure and creativity in terms of developing and refining theorized analyses.
  • This chapter shows the reader how to use qualitative datasets to interrogate theoretical frameworks.
  • It demonstrates how to move beyond the merely descriptive use of theory to critically engage with theory and to revise or expand frameworks.
  • Hints are provided on gaining analytical purchase through considering exceptions, opposites, synonyms and parallels.
  • It offers guidance on how to draw on the available literature as a resource for constant comparison.
  • The potential of secondary analysis of archived data is ...
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