How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

From Scholastic to Emic Comparison: Generating Comparability and Handling Difference in Ethnographic Research

From Scholastic to Emic Comparison: Generating Comparability and Handling Difference in Ethnographic Research

Estrid Sørensen Alison Marlin Jörg Niewöhner

Introduction

Comparison is central to the analytic and data collection practices of social science researchers, as well as to the everyday practices of people going about their daily lives. Comparison is, first and foremost, a way of making sense of things, organizing or describing them, and working with them. We might say that comparison is a way of working with differences and similarities between people, objects, concepts, feelings, and other sorts of things. When introducing his ‘Ethnography in/of the World System', George Marcus (1995) noted that phenomena of and in contemporary worlds rarely rest ...

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