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Situational Analysis
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Situational Analysis
Grounded Theory After the Interpretive Turn

Second Edition
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October 2017 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Second Edition of Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Interpretive Turn offers an innovative extension of grounded theory useful in qualitative research projects that draws on interviews, observations, and visual, narrative, and historical discourse materials. To engage the dense complexities of real world situations, Situational Analysis (SA) braids together Strauss's ecological social worlds/arenas theory, Foucault’s discourse analysis, and Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizomes and assemblages. In SA, the situation itself becomes the fundamental unit of analysis. Using extensive examples, the authors discuss getting started, how to create three kinds of maps emphasizing differences and relationality (situational maps, social world/arena maps, and positional maps), the kinds of analytic work they accomplish, and how to write up the results centered on the distinctive strengths of the method. The book will serve as an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level students, as well as professional researchers and consultants from diverse backgrounds pursuing qualitative projects.
 
List of Illustrations
 
Acknowledgments
 
Prologue to the Second Edition
What is Situational Analysis?

 
Overview of the Second Edition

 
Practical Developments

 
How to Read and Use this Book

 
 
About the Authors
 
PART I • FRAMING AND GROUNDING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS
 
Introduction to Part I
 
Chapter 1 • Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory Mapping After the Interpretive Turn
What Is Grounded Theory?

 
A Genealogy of Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis

 
The Interpretive Turn

 
Grounds for a New Method

 
Situational Maps and Analysis

 
Reflections and Anticipations

 
 
Chapter 2 • Methodological Grounds of Situational Analysis
Grounded Theory, Pragmatism, and Interactionism: A Theory/Methods Package

 
Grounded Theory as Always Already Around the Interpretive Turn

 
Grounded Theory as Recalcitrant Against the Interpretive Turn

 
Pushing Grounded Theory Around the Interpretive Turn

 
Reflections and Anticipations

 
 
Chapter 3 • Theoretical Grounds of Situational Analysis
The ”(Re)Turn to the Social” Across Social Theory

 
Pragmatist Interactionist Origins: From Chicago Ecologies to Social Worlds/Arenas

 
New Grounds I: Foucault and the Pragmatist Interactionist Project

 
New Grounds II: Taking the Nonhuman Explicitly Into Account

 
New Grounds III: Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhizomes and Assemblages

 
Assembling the Theoretical Grounds of Situational Analysis

 
 
PART II • DOING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS
 
Introduction to Part II
 
Chapter 4 • Getting Started: Practical Issues and Project Design
The Three Kinds of Situational Analysis Maps

 
Practical Issues in Getting Started

 
Doing Situational Analysis Project Design

 
Issues in Situational Analysis Project Design

 
Technical Tools Supporting Situational Analysis

 
Turning to Analysis

 
 
Chapter 5 • Doing Situational and Relational Maps
Abstract Situational Maps

 
Introducing the First Exemplar: Bone’s Project

 
Situational Maps of Bone’s Project

 
Doing Relational Analyses With Situational Maps

 
Relational Maps of Bone’s Project

 
Final Comments on Situational and Relational Maps

 
 
Chapter 6 • Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps
What Are Social Worlds and Arenas?

 
Why Are Social Worlds and Arenas Analytically Important?

 
Introducing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps

 
Social Worlds/Arenas Map of Bone’s Project

 
Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps

 
Memoing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps

 
Using Social Worlds/Arenas Maps in Your Project

 
Final Comments on Social Worlds/Arenas Maps

 
 
Chapter 7 • Doing Positional Maps
Abstract Positional Maps

 
Positional Maps of Bone’s Project

 
Constructing Your Own Positional Maps

 
Articulating and Acting Upon Absent Positions

 
Why Are Positional Maps So Important?

 
Final Comments on Positional Maps

 
 
Chapter 8 • A Fully Worked Exemplar of Situational Analysis
Introducing Alonso-Yanez’s Project

 
Alonso-Yanez’s Situational Maps

 
Alonso-Yanez’s Relational Maps

 
Alonso-Yanez’s Social Worlds/Arenas Map

 
Alonso-Yanez’s Positional Maps

 
Provisional Conclusions on Alonso-Yanez’s Project

 
 
Chapter 9 • Writing It Up: Final Presentations and Project Maps
Writing It Up as an Analytic Process

 
Using Your Memos in Finalizing the Project

 
Turning Situational Analysis Maps Into Final Project Maps

 
Possibilities for Presenting and Publishing Your SA Project

 
Temporary Conclusions

 
 
PART III • MAPPING EXTANT DISCOURSE MATERIALS
 
Introduction to Part III
 
Chapter 10 • Turning to Discourses
What Is Discourse?

 
Why Analyze Discourses?

 
Turning Up the Volume on “Minor” Discourses

 
Single Site and Multisite Approaches

 
How to Design SA Discourse Projects

 
Turnings

 
 
Chapter 11 • Mapping Narrative Discourse Materials
Kinds of Extant Narrative Discourse Materials

 
Designing a Narrative Discourse Project

 
Doing Situational Maps of Narrative Discourse Materials

 
Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps of Narrative Discourse Materials

 
Doing Positional Maps of Narrative Discourse Materials

 
Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Narrative Discourse Materials

 
 
Chapter 12 • Mapping Visual Discourse Materials
The Rise of Visual Cultures

 
Doing Situational Analysis of Visual Discourse Materials

 
Visual Discourse Exemplar: Washburn’s Biomonitoring Project

 
Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Visual Discourse Materials

 
 
Chapter 13 • Mapping Historical Discourse Materials
Historicizing Historical Approaches

 
Designing Historical and Historicizing Projects

 
Historical Discourse Analysis Exemplar: Introducing Message’s Project

 
Doing Situational Maps of Historical Discourse Materials

 
Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps of Historical Discourse Materials

 
Doing Positional Maps of Historical Discourse Materials

 
Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Historical Discourse Materials

 
 
Epilogue: Situational Analysis Issues and FAQs
Comparing Early GT With Constructivist GT and SA

 
Tips on Learning and Teaching Situational Analysis

 
Decolonizing and (Post)Colonial Situational Analysis

 
SA Mapping as Facilitating Engagement and Collaboration

 
FAQs About Situational Analysis

 
Final Words

 
 
Appendices
Appendix A: Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis Websites

 
Appendix B: Selected Exemplars of Situational Analysis by Discipline

 
Appendix C: Selected Exemplars of Situational Analysis by Mapping Focus

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Student Study Site

Open access resources at study.sagepub.com/clarke2e help you further engage with Situational Analysis. Materials include:

  • The epilogue, “FAQs and Conversations” from the first edition
  • Relevant SAGE Journal articles from across disciplines, organized by mapping emphasis
  • Exemplars of Situational Analysis projects
  • Downloadable templates for use in the field
  • Tips for teaching and learning Situational Analysis
  • Video and multimedia resources to assist with further explorations of topics
  • Appendices from the book for quick reference
  • The reference list from the text and a list of additional publications by the authors to aid in continuing research

“The book is a milestone in the development of qualitative research. It shows comprehensively and convincingly how pragmatism and post-structuralism can be used to analyze the complexity of our contemporary condition.”

Rainer Winter
Klagenfurt University, Austria

“This updated text has moved the field further along in its understanding of not just the theoretical underpinning of SA, but the practical steps of how to use it well. Anyone wanting to know how to construct a sound SA research design must read this book.”

Adah Ward Randolph
Ohio University

“Relentlessly empirical and fiercely situated, the second edition is dense, refreshing, and conversational. It invites readers to practice the art of Situational Analysis and extends the reach, relevance, and versatility of the conceptual methodology.”

Nancy D. Campbell
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“The new edition captures the substance and the excitement of Situational Analysis and its relation to other developments in social science, provides well-elaborated examples to make the methods concrete, and points to questions of theory that invite career-length exploration.”

Peter Taylor
University of Massachusetts Boston

“Imagine a conceptual methodology textbook that serves as coach, mentor, and cheerleader for Situational Analysis. The second edition supports and facilitates constant reflection while you are researching, analyzing, and writing. It will motivate many fine projects in the years to come.”

Nancy Campbell
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“Situational Analysis helps researchers critically and constructively map the complexities of today's diverse and often contested aspects of human and technological interaction. Use of this second edition of Situational Analysis will enable further ideas and dialogues to address postmodern dilemmas.”

Tom Strong
University of Calgary

“This extensively updated edition puts qualitative data analysis in the grounded theory tradition on the map, literally and figuratively.”

Stefan Timmermans
University of California, Los Angeles

“The present book is a powerful revision of Situational Analysis. Adele E. Clarke and her co-authors succeed all through this 'theory-methods package' in combining older and newest theory and methodology in social inquiry beyond jargon, with a carefully elaborated introduction into the practice of doing SA analysis. The authors so much know and live what they are writing about – this is the book's core feeling from start to end.”

Reiner Keller
Augsburg University, Germany

“I have been teaching Situational Analysis to my graduate and post-graduate students based on the first edition of Clarke’s book for some years. The students have appreciated her direct and hands-on approach to studying complex and intricate empirical issues. I very much look forward to use this second edition of Situational Analysis in my courses. It will offer the students even more guidance for their studies. It has a unique blend of theoretical depth and practical applicability that speaks directly to students and scholars who want engage with empirical complexities.”

Anders Buch
Aalborg University, Denmark