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

Doing Qualitative Data Collection – Charting the Routes

Uwe Flick

Introduction

Collecting qualitative data has become a hot topic in qualitative research on various levels. Qualitative data analysis is less contested as a basis for doing qualitative research, although a wide range of approaches and procedures for analyzing qualitative data has been developed that exist side by side and in competition (see Flick, 2014a). But also in that context the relevant question is what counts as data to analyze and what is the best way to analyze social phenomena etc. In the context of collecting qualitative data, such discussions are much more intense and fundamental. Here, the three terms are discussed, rejected and defended: What means data for qualitative analysis? Should ...

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