This accessible book explores and demonstrates methodological tools used to guide qualitative relationships research, especially studies of interpersonal communication. Researching Interpersonal Relationships introduces both classic and cutting-edge methodological approaches for qualitative inquiry and analysis, including opening chapters with accessible overviews of interpretive theory and research design. Additional chapters feature a detailed overview of a specific method and analytical tool and are illustrated by original research studies from leading scholars in the field, each in a different interpersonal communication context. Post-study interviews with the researchers are also provided to allow new and experienced researchers a better understanding of how qualitative research approaches can expand and solidify understandings of personal relationships. This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research, and it makes a welcome addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate student classrooms as well as any serious qualitative relationships researcher's bookshelf.

Discourse Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and a Study of Computer-Mediated Communication

Discourse analysis, thematic analysis, and a study of computer-mediated communication

Discourse Analysis and the Study of Relationships

Like ethnography and narrative inquiry (which will be covered in Chapter 8), discourse analysis is a collective term that refers to a variety of analytical possibilities for drawing out implicit or explicit meanings from words and even images. In the opening chapter of the book, we caution that those using qualitative methods have to be especially aware of what particular strand of a method a researcher is drawing from in his or her studies. Given that 20 distinct approaches to discourse analysis have been identified (van Dijk, 1997a, 1997b), that is especially true for discourse analysis. In addition to considering ...

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