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!



Phenomenology is an approach that attempts to understand the hidden meanings and the essence of an experience together with how participants make sense of these. Essences are objects that do not necessarily exist in time and space like facts do, but can be known through essential or imaginative intuition involving interaction between researcher and respondents or between researcher and texts.This chapter attempts to expose the varieties of underpinnings in phenomenology and to clarify data collection and analytical procedures.

Key Points

  • Phenomenology involves exploring, in depth, experiences or texts to clarify their essences
  • There are several different forms of phenomenology: classical, realistic, transcendental, existential, hermeneutic and heuristic
  • Modifications of phenomenological approaches have been undertaken


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