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!

Introduction

Introduction

When you undertake a qualitative research study, there are a number of prior aspects that will need addressing:your proposed topic area, is it suitable for the collection of qualitative data?;then yourself, what impact will your prejudices have on the research and how will you treat your potential readers?; and finally, which paradigm would best fit your research question: Realism/postpositivism, Critical theory, Interpretivism/Constructionism, Postmodernism, Poststructuralism or Mixed/multiple methods? Then, having dealt with these decisions, it is always useful to know how to evaluate a piece of qualitative research in order to ensure that your design ticks all the right boxes.

Key Points
  • The characteristics of qualitative research
  • The best topic areas for qualitative research investigations
  • Issues you need to think about prior to commencing research
  • Research paradigms
  • How to ...
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