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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

Collecting Documents as Data
Collecting Documents as Data
Tim RapleyGethin Rees
Introduction

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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