Qualitative Analysis for Social Scientists

ISBN-10: 0521338069
ISBN-13: 9780521338066
Edition: 1987
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Description: The teaching of qualitative analysis in the social sciences is rarely undertaken in a structured way. This handbook is designed to remedy that and to present students and researchers with a systematic method for interpreting qualitative data',  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/26/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The teaching of qualitative analysis in the social sciences is rarely undertaken in a structured way. This handbook is designed to remedy that and to present students and researchers with a systematic method for interpreting qualitative data', whether derived from interviews, field notes, or documentary materials. The special emphasis of the book is on how to develop theory through qualitative analysis. The reader is provided with the tools for doing qualitative analysis, such as codes, memos, memo sequences, theoretical sampling and comparative analysis, and diagrams, all of which are abundantly illustrated by actual examples drawn from the author's own varied qualitative research and research consultations, as well as from his research seminars. Many of the procedural discussions are concluded with rules of thumb that can usefully guide the researchers' analytic operations. The difficulties that beginners encounter when doing qualitative analysis and the kinds of persistent questions they raise are also discussed, as is the problem of how to integrate analyses. In addition, there is a chapter on the teaching of qualitative analysis and the giving of useful advice during research consultations, and there is a discussion of the preparation of material for publication. The book has been written not only for sociologists but for all researchers in the social sciences and in such fields as education, public health, nursing, and administration who employ qualitative methods in their work.

Preface
Introduction
Two illustrations
Codes and coding
Seminar on open coding
Memos and memo writing
Team meetings and graphic representations as memos
Excerpts that illustrate common problems
Integrative diagrams and integrative sessions
Integrative mechanisms: diagrams, memo sequences, writing
Presenting case materials: data and interpretations
Grounded formal theory: awareness contexts
Reading and writing research publications
Questions and answers
Research consultations and teaching: guidelines, strategies, and style
Epilogue
Appendix
References
Author index
Subject index

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