Qualitative Data Analysis Software

Since roughly the turn of the century, qualitative researchers have made use of qualitative data analysis software (QDAS or computer-assisted QDAS) such as ATLAS.ti, NVivo, and an increasing number of sophisticated, free options. Although the basic premises and traditions of dealing with rich data have stayed the same for the purposes of qualitative analyses, these software packages are increasingly assisting researchers, including sociologists of religion, in making sense of large bodies of qualitative data.

Such tools are only the latest technological continuation of preexisting means of performing qualitative data analysis. Generally speaking, qualitative research concerns experiential data that are often considered rich data that aim to capture human experience. Such data are studied predominantly inductively, according to constructivist, symbolic interactionist, or grounded theory approaches, and ...

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