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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.

“This book provides the most readable, comprehensive overviews of qualitative methods that I have ever encountered.  In addition to covering all the basics, with examples and detailed ‘how-to’ descriptions, it includes a number of creative ways of analyzing data that enhances the findings and promotes theory building.”

Shirley A. Hill
University of Kansas

“This is a thoughtful and imminently useful book that offers readers a glimpse into, and instruction for, the doing of qualitative research. It provides tricks of the trade that will prove helpful to novice and senior researchers alike.”

Matthew B. Ezzell
James Madison University

“A highly beneficial contribution for qualitative research—the chapters are easily accessible for emerging researchers and scholars, and those looking to investigate new and unfamiliar qualitative methodologies. Readers are provided practical guidance that broadens their qualitative research understanding with relatable exemplars and makes researching achievable.”

Leah E. LeFebvre
University of Wyoming

“This book is inviting, engaging, and impressive in the way it deals with complex, key issues of conducting qualitative research. Warmly recommended.”

Liora Bresler
University of Illinois, Champaign
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