How can you analyse narratives, interviews, field notes, or focus group data?

Qualitative text analysis is ideal for these types of data and this textbook provides a hands-on introduction to the method and its theoretical underpinnings. It offers step-by-step instructions for implementing the three principal types of qualitative text analysis: thematic, evaluative, and type-building. Special attention is paid to how to present your results and use qualitative data analysis software packages, which are highly recommended for use in combination with qualitative text analysis since they allow for fast, reliable, and more accurate analysis. The book shows in detail how to use software, from transcribing the verbal data to presenting and visualizing the results.

The book is intended for Master's and Doctoral students across the social sciences and for all researchers concerned with the systematic analysis of texts of any kind.

Three Basic Methods of Qualitative Text Analysis

In this chapter, you will learn more about:

  • The thematic matrix (profile matrix) as a fundamental concept of qualitative text analysis.
  • Similarities and differences between the basic types of qualitative text analysis.
  • Thematic analysis.
  • Evaluative analysis.
  • Type-building analysis.
  • The basic process and the various phases of these three methods.
  • The different methods for preparing and presenting results.

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