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!

Semiotic structural and poststructural analysis (deconstruction)

Semiotic structural and poststructural analysis (deconstruction)

This chapter takes the theory mentioned in Chapter 14 to a more practical level. Documentary analysis moves along a fluid dimension between structuralism and poststructuralism.These two forms of analysis involve determining how the meanings of signs and symbols are constructed and how they can be read. Structural approaches involve identifying the commonly accepted layers of meaning within texts while poststructuralism calls on Jacques Derrida's processes of deconstruction to illuminate the many possibilities of meaning.

Key Points

  • Semiotics is the study of signs, sign systems and their meanings
  • Structuralism assumes that signs have a limited range of meanings, which can be identified
  • Poststructuralism assumes that superficial and static meanings provide only one layer and deconstruction can reveal many more options as meaning slips ...
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