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Tim Rapley & Gethin Rees

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 24: Collecting Documents as Data

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Collecting Documents as Data
Collecting Documents as Data
Tim RapleyGethin Rees

Documents, both paper-based and computer-mediated texts, are a ubiquitous aspect of the formation and enactment of contemporary life. Our interest in documents includes both the written elements of texts alongside the extra-textual elements – images, photographs, graphs, diagrams – that are routinely embedded in documents. The post-structural and post-modern turn in academia has led to an expansion of the meaning of the term ‘text', to include buildings, bodies, clothing, alongside artefacts, devices and other aspects of material and technical culture. Simultaneously, interview transcripts, field notes and video-recordings are referred to and analysed as ‘texts', but we will not focus on either of these genres of work here. Instead we are concentrating on three relatively distinct ...

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