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.

Implementation: Putting Analyses into Practice

Implementation: Putting analyses into practice
Michael Murray


At the core of qualitative research has been a desire by its practitioners to contribute to the improvement in the quality of people's lives. In this sense, it breaks down the traditional dichotomy between pure and applied research which has pervaded much social science research. In contemporary qualitative research there has been considerable work to improve the rigour of the approach so as to develop a sophisticated understanding of aspects of everyday life, but in doing so the desire to contribute to personal and social transformation has been somewhat underplayed. The aim of this chapter is to consider how we can reforge that connection between research and practice and to consider ways of increasing ...

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