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Qualitative Research
Analyzing Life

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March 2017 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life presents a fresh approach to teaching and learning qualitative methods for social inquiry—one that focuses on analysis from the very beginning of the text. By exploring qualitative research through a unique analytic lens, then cumulatively elaborating on methods in each successive chapter, this innovative work cultivates a skill set and literacy base that prepares readers to work strategically with empirical materials in their own fieldwork. Renowned authors Johnny Saldaña and Matt Omasta combine clear, accessible writing and analytic insight to show that analysis, in its broadest sense, is a process undertaken throughout the entire research experience.
 
List of Displays
 
Preface
The Organization and Through-Line of the Book  
The Coauthors’ Approach  
To the Instructor  
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART I—ANALYZING QUALITATIVE DATA
 
Chapter 1—Introduction: Analyzing Life
Introduction  
Developing Fundamental Qualitative Analytic Skills  
On Qualitative Data Analysis—and Life  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for an Introduction to Qualitative Analysis  
Analytic Exercises  
Sample Data for Analysis  
 
Chapter 2—Analyzing Field Sites
Introduction  
On Culture  
Observation Settings  
The Observer’s Frames  
Field Notes  
Technical Matters of Fieldwork and Field Notes  
Analyzing Observations of Social Life  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Participant Observation  
Analytic Exercises for Participant Observation  
Sample Field Notes for Analysis  
 
Chapter 3—Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials
Introduction  
On Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs  
Analyzing Manifest and Latent Contents  
The Materials and Meanings of Human Production  
Analyzing Documents  
Analyzing Artifacts  
Analyzing Visual Materials  
The Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships in Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials  
Analytic Exercises for Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Materials  
Sample Photograph  
 
Chapter 4—Analyzing Interviews: Preparing, Conducting, and Transcribing
Introduction  
Types of Interviews  
Participant Selection  
Interview Preparation, Scheduling, and Arrangements  
Asking Questions  
Transcribing  
Closure and Transition  
Analytic Exercises for Interviewing  
 
Chapter 5—Analyzing Interviews: Condensing and Coding
Introduction  
Interview Condensation  
Analyzing Interviews Through Codes and Coding  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Interviewing  
Analytic Exercises for Interviewing  
Sample Interview Transcript  
 
PART II—ANALYZING THE FRAMEWORK
 
Chapter 6—Analyzing Qualitative Methodologies
Introduction  
Theoretical Premises of Qualitative Research  
A Rationale for Qualitative Research  
Selected Methodologies of Qualitative Research and Analysis  
Mixed Methods  
On Genres  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Research Methodologies  
Analytic Exercises for Qualitative Research Methodologies  
Appendix Readings  
 
Chapter 7—Analyzing Qualitative Research Design
Introduction  
Researching and Analyzing the Topic  
Analyzing the Literature  
Research Questions  
Site Selection  
Participant Selection  
Data Collection Methods  
Data Analysis Methods  
Presentation Modes  
Timeline Design  
Conceptual Frameworks  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Research Design  
Analytic Exercises for Qualitative Research Design  
Outline for a Qualitative Research Proposal  
 
Chapter 8—Analyzing Research Ethics
Introduction  
The Rules of Research  
Institutional Review Boards  
Researcher and Participant Relationships  
Analyzing Ethical Ambiguity  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Research Ethics  
Analytic Exercises for Research Ethics  
 
PART III—ANALYTIC ASSEMBLAGE
 
Chapter 9—Analytic Synthesis: Condensing, Patterning, and Unifying
Introduction  
On Synthesis  
Condensing Large Amounts of Data  
Patterning Textual and Visual Materials  
Unifying Seemingly Different Things  
Closure and Transition  
Analytic Exercises for Analytic Synthesis  
 
Chapter 10—Analytic Synthesis: Understanding, Interpreting, and Theorizing
Introduction  
Understanding Social Processes of Human Action, Reaction, and Interaction  
Interpreting the Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships of Social Life  
Theorizing  
CAQDAS  
On Credibility and Trustworthiness  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Analytic Synthesis  
Analytic Exercises for Analytic Synthesis  
Sample Data for Analytic Synthesis  
 
Chapter 11—Analytic Write-Ups
Introduction  
Stylistic Approaches to Research Writing  
On Writing About the Major Elements of a Study  
Journal Article Submission and Publication  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Analytic Write-Ups  
Analytic Exercises for Write-Ups  
Sample Abstracts for Analysis  
 
Chapter 12—Analytic Presentations
Introduction  
Paper Presentations  
Poster Presentations  
Dramatic/Staged Readings  
Presenting Data Effectively  
Professional Networking  
Closure and Transition  
Resources for Presenting Qualitative Research  
Analytic Exercises for Presentations  
 
Chapter 13—Closure: Leading an Analytic Life
Introduction  
Learning More About Qualitative Research  
On Professional Development  
Analysis as a Lens, Filter, and Angle on Life  
Closure  
Resources for Leading an Analytic Life  
Analytic Exercises for Leading an Analytic Life  
 
Appendix—Three Representative Articles in Qualitative Research
 
Introduction
 
“On the Bus With Vonnie Lee: Explorations in Life History and Metaphor”
 
Discussion Topics and Activities for “On the Bus With Vonnie Lee”
 
“Nightmares, Demons, and Slaves: Exploring the Painful Metaphors of Workplace Bullying”
 
Discussion Topics and Activities for “Nightmares, Demons, and Slaves”
 
“‘They Think Minority Means Lesser Than’: Black Middle-Class Sons and Fathers Resisting Microaggressions in the School”
 
Discussion Topics and Activities for “They Think Minority Means Lesser Than”
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Premium video, selected by the authors, facilitates further exploration of key topics. 
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation.
  • Full transcripts of the interviews in the book are provided so students can practice coding more easily.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • A video that provides an overview of qualitative methods.
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Full transcripts of the interviews in the book to practice coding more easily.

“Very accessible and comprehensive text with a unique approach to teaching qualitative research.”

Sharon Lynn Casapulla
Ohio University

Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life presents students with the most important dimensions of qualitative research through a unique analytic lens. It offers students an intimate exploration of the fascinating world of naturalistic inquiry through a nuanced examination of material essential to their success as qualitative researchers.”

Nathan R. Durdella
California State University, Northridge

“Johnny Saldaña and Matt Omasta flawlessly weave together powerful examples, valuable sample material, and complex ideas to create a methods text for everyone. It both enriches and demystifies the work of qualitative researchers.”

Sally Campbell Galman
University of Massachusetts Amherst

“This book is exceptional and unique for starting with the basics of doing analysis in the first chapter and then having each chapter add further analysis as more qualitative methods are discussed. I know students will love it.”

Karla B. Hackstaff
Northern Arizona University

“The authors provide accessibility to the topic of scientific research practices for the student qualitative researcher. [Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life] provides interesting activities and nicely articulated step-by-step instructions on major areas of focus including interviewing, coding, and analysis.”

Kristina N. Kahl
Fort Lewis College

“This is a creative and deeply explanatory text that takes new qualitative researchers through the depths of doing methods work.”

Lauren Moret
University of Tennessee

“This book offers a refreshing approach to teaching qualitative research that will most certainly give students a deeper understanding of what it means to engage in qualitative inquiry.”

Eric D. Teman
University of Wyoming

“Saldaña and Omasta have written a user-friendly, comprehensive text with enlightening examples for those desiring to learn how to become qualitative researchers. They remind us at every turn that each aspect of the process is analytical, and they provide the necessary tools for us to be thoughtful, creative, and consistent in our choices as researchers from start to finish.”

Silvia Bettez
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Saldaña and Omasta’s Analyzing Life provides a text for both emerging and experienced scholars.  Through their methodological examples, ontological thinking, and theoretical guiding, this book demystifies the process of analyzing qualitative data.”

Cassie F. Quigley,
Clemson University

“This book marks an important transition in the teaching of qualitative research methods by emphasizing in a clear and practical way the importance of analytic insight throughout the research process.”

Rachel Campbell
Grand Valley State University

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