The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.
Chapter 16: Interpretation in Qualitative Research
Interpretation in Qualitative Research
Interpretation is at the heart of qualitative research because qualitative research is concerned with meaning and the process of meaning-making. Qualitative researchers assume that people's actions are always meaningful in some way and that through the process of engaging with those meanings, deeper insights into relevant social and psychological processes may be gained. Furthermore, qualitative data never speaks for itself and needs to be given meaning by the researcher. Given that qualitative research is all about meaning-making one might expect qualitative research in psychology to be closely associated with the work of interpretation. However, this is not the case. The relationship between qualitative psychology and interpretation has been an uneasy one, and it is ...