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

Concepts, Contexts, Basics

Part II outlines concepts, contexts and basics of qualitative data collection in thirteen chapters. Concepts discussed include: what are the implications of specific topics and frameworks, like theory (see Maxwell, Chapter 2, this volume) and ethics (see Mertens, Chapter 3, this volume) for collecting qualitative data? And how are issues of inference (deduction, induction, and abduction – see Kennedy and Thornberg, Chapter 4, this volume) currently reflected, discussed and solved in qualitative data collection?

Contexts to be discussed here are questions of sampling material that become relevant for data collection (see Schreier, Chapter 6, this volume) or finding access to the research field (see Bengry, Chapter 7, this volume). Technical aspects such as recording and transcription (see Jenks, Chapter 8, this volume), ...

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