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.

Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research

Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research

Reflexivity and the practice of qualitative research
Tim MayBeth Perry

Introducing a reflexive practice into qualitative research enables both an examination of the grounds upon which claims to know the social world are based and an exploration of the strengths and limitations of forms of knowledge. This allows researchers to sharpen subsequent research practices and correct an instrumental approach to knowledge that is informed by a desire to control, rather than understand, the social world.

To understand how this occurs, we first examine different social scientific approaches to reflexivity. We then look at the implications of this discussion for the process of conducting research. That, in turn, leads us into a discussion of reflexive spaces which we illuminate through the ...

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