The wide range of approaches to data analysis in qualitative research can seem daunting even for experienced researchers. This handbook is the first to provide a state-of-the art overview of the whole field of QDA; from general analytic strategies used in qualitative research, to approaches specific to particular types of qualitative data, including talk, text, sounds, images and virtual data. The handbook includes chapters on traditional analytic strategies such as grounded theory, content analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative analysis, as well as coverage of newer trends like mixed methods, reanalysis and meta-analysis. Practical aspects such as sampling, transcription, working collaboratively, writing and implementation are given close attention, as are theory and theorization, reflexivity, and ethics. Written by a team of experts in qualitative research from around the world, this handbook is an essential compendium for all qualitative researchers and students across the social sciences.
Types of Data and their Analysis
After approaches to the data and their backgrounds were the focus in the earlier parts of the handbook, in Part IV the approach is taken from the other side. In the 12 chapters, specific types of data are the starting point for outlining the specific challenges they produce for qualitative data analysis. Data coming from the application of specific methods of data collection such as interviews (see Roulston, Chapter 20), focus groups (see Barbour, Chapter 21) and observation (see Marvasti, Chapter 24) will be discussed, as well those coming from documenting specific practices such as conversations (see Toerien, Chapter 22) or discourses (see Willig, Chapter 23).
Various kinds of documents (see Coffey, Chapter 25), ...