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Content Analysis

Content Analysis
James B. Schreiber Lyndsie N. Ferrara

Introduction

Content analysis (CA) is, to us, a foundational research method that allows the researcher to experience an expansive view of data and branch into many analysis techniques. For this chapter, we will use Krippendorff's (1989, 2012) definition of, ‘a research technique for making replicable and valid inferences from data to their context’ (1989: 403) because we feel it is inclusive and expansive enough for us to discuss a ‘big tent’ view of the technique. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce researchers to defining attributes of content analysis and provide resources. This chapter is not a treaty on all of the aspects of conducting ...

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