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Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development serves as a step-by-step, interdisciplinary, qualitative methods text for those working in the areas of family studies, human development, family therapy, and family social work. Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry J. Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.
Chapter 9: Analytical Strategies
What is Analysis in Qualitative Research?
A classic definition of analysis in qualitative research is that the “analyst seeks to provide an explicit rendering of the structure, order and patterns found among a group of participants” (Lofland, 1971, p. 7). Usually when we think about analysis in research, we think about it as a stage in the process. It occurs somewhere between the data collection phase and the write-up of the discussion. Under this narrow definition, analysis is about what we do with data once collected: it is concerned with how we bring conceptual order to observed experience. When using emergent designs, however, a stronger emphasis is placed on analysis as an activity concurrent with data collection. For example, in grounded theory studies, ...