In this fully updated and expanded Second Edition, Carol Grbich provides a guide through current issues in the analysis of qualitative data. Packed with detailed examples, a glossary, further reading lists and a section on writing up, this easy to read text is exactly what you need to get you started in qualitative research. The new edition covers analytical approaches including: Grounded theory Classical, existential and hermeneutic phenomenology Feminist research including memory work Classical, auto- and cyberethnography as well as ethnodrama Content, narrative, conversation and discourse analysis Visual interpretation Semiotic, structural and poststructural analyses A one-stop-shop for students new to qualitative data analysis!

Theorising from data

Theorising from data

This chapter will help you undertake the process of developing a more abstract theoretical explanation of data collected through the range of approaches that have been covered in this text to date.The interpretive process can be initiated early and should have strong links to the research question, to the literature and to any specific forms of data analysis that have been undertaken. Sometimes this is an almost seamless process where, at one extreme, previously identified theories are applied (theory testing/theory directed), while at the other emergent explanation closely linked to a range of theoretical positions (theory generation) occurs. In between these two extremes, light theoretical interpretations of a conceptual nature and the development of models of best practice may occur.

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