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!

Structuralism and poststructuralism

Structuralism and poststructuralism

Documentary analyticapproaches have been heavily influenced by theoretical shifts in structuralism and poststructuralism.This chapter explores the shifts in structuralism and outlines the criticisms of this mode of thought which then formed the basis for the growth of poststructuralism.

Key Points


  • Individuals and entities were viewed as system produced and representative of an era or type
  • In language, meaning was seen as lying within the text where the signifier (written word) attributed meaning to the signified (object or concept) in an easily visualised manner


  • The finite meanings of structuralism were queried and it was argued that each word could be linked to multiple meanings
  • In pulling the text apart to find these meanings, Jacques Derrida suggested deconstructing it and Michael Foucault suggested identifying the powerful discourses ...
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