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

Collecting Data for Analyzing Discourses

Asta Rau Florian Elliker Jan K. Coetzee


The term discourse is so prevalent nowadays that its meaning has become indistinct and ‘in danger of becoming all things to all people’ (Kendall and Wickham, 1999, p. 35). In its most commonsense everyday use, discourse is simply a synonym for ‘talk about something'. At this level we cannot speak of analysis. A more finely tuned use of the term ‘discourse’ is to signal patterns of language use and meanings that belong to specific social or disciplinary domains – for instance, religious discourse, psychological discourse, political discourse, and medical discourse. At this level we ...

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