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

Performance, Hermeneutics, Interpretation1

Norman K. Denzin

Ethnography, rhetoric, and performance join forces precisely on this front of resistance to totalizing thought. This is a performative cultural politics, which recuperates any lingering estrangement between rhetoric, ethnography, the poetic and the political. (Conquergood, 1992a, pp. 80, 96 paraphrase)

Prologue

A Conundrum

How to write a chapter on qualitative data collection for a Handbook of Data Collection when the practices that produce data are under assault? Under such circumstances how can you address qualitative data collection as a major step in qualitative research. But address the topic we must. The skeptics and the advocates will not be silenced. Criticism and controversy come from all sides (Koro-Ljungberg, 2016). The argument is straightforward: things, words, ‘become data ...

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