An Introduction to Its Methodology
- Klaus Krippendorff - The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Communication Research Methods | Research Methods (General)
What matters in people’s social lives? What motivates and inspires our society? How do we enact what we know?
Since the first edition published in 1980, Content Analysis has helped shape and define the field. In the highly anticipated Fourth Edition, award-winning scholar and author Klaus Krippendorff introduces readers to the most current method of analyzing the textual fabric of contemporary society. Students and scholars will learn to treat data not as physical events but as communications that are created and disseminated to be seen, read, interpreted, enacted, and reflected upon according to the meanings they have for their recipients. Interpreting communications as texts in the contexts of their social uses distinguishes content analysis from other empirical methods of inquiry.
Organized into three parts, Content Analysis first examines the conceptual aspects of content analysis, then discusses components such as unitizing and sampling, and concludes by showing readers how to trace the analytical paths and apply evaluative techniques. The Fourth Edition has been completely revised to offer readers the most current techniques and research on content analysis, including new information on reliability and social media. Readers will also gain practical advice and experience for teaching academic and commercial researchers how to conduct content analysis.
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Solid overview of various types of content analyses and practical tools
This is perhaps a little 'heavy going' for our students, who will usually be completely new to research methods, and won't have come across content analysis before. However, it's a really useful text for anyone wanting to explore content analysis techniques in more depth. I would recommend it as follow-up reading to a more 'entry-level' text.
This is a comprehensive and well structured book, and one that is easy for students to refer to when they need specific information on different topics.
This book and its previous editions is one of the fundamental readings in all of my courses. It covers all important aspects of qualitative and quantitative content analysis.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 3. Uses and Inferences