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Vignettes

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By: Nicholas Jenkins & Sarah Noone | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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When used in social research, vignettes may be defined as compact scenarios designed to elicit data from research participants or to encapsulate themes and findings from the research process. As this definition implies, the vignette technique is highly versatile. Vignettes may be used to depict purely hypothetical scenarios or reflect the lived experiences of research participants. They may be used to provide a snapshot of a single scenario of interest in the research process or to provide a more extensive exploration of a series of connected situations. Vignettes may be presented to research audiences using a range of mediums including literary writings, audio-recordings, interactive webpages, short film, and short theatre. Drawing on examples, this entry provides a broad overview of the use of vignettes in ...

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