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.

Qualitative Comparative Practices: Dimensions, Cases and Strategies

Qualitative Comparative Practices: Dimensions, Cases and Strategies

Qualitative comparative practices: Dimensions, cases and strategies
Monika PalmbergerAndre Gingrich

Our reasoning is always guided by comparison, whether we intend it to be or not (Strauss and Quinn, 1997). Thus, scientific research is penetrated by comparison, even if in an implicit manner. Comparing is an elementary cognitive activity. It occurs in simple and routinized ways in everyday lives by comparing aspects between phenomena, and it regularly occurs in more complex ways as a set of standard practices focusing on the relations between phenomena (Schriewer, 1992).

Main Dimensions

By its basic cognitive foundations as well as by it its central academic dimensions, comparison always enables us to identify similarities and differences:

Depending on the theme or experience under scrutiny, one of comparison's main ...

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