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

Data Collection in Conversation Analysis

Clare Jackson


In speaking with others, we produce recognisable social activities that are fundamental for conducting our social lives (e.g. greetings, appreciations, complaints, apologies, invitations, requests, advice-giving, and so on). Conversation Analysis (CA) is essentially the study of how these activities are accomplished in conversations between people. At its core, CA is an approach to studying social action and its data are recordings of naturally occurring (or naturalistic) interactions. Consequently, data collection for conversation analytic purposes is, in some ways, straightforward because researchers are already immersed in, and surrounded by, data of interest: talk between friends, family, doctors and patients, lawyers and clients, journalists and politicians, teachers and students, and the like. Harvey Sacks, the ...

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