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Qualitative Research
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Qualitative Research
Analyzing Life

Second Edition


April 2021 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life, Second Edition 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. 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. The Second Edition provides a number of updates including more on digital materials and methods, including sentiment analysis of social media data, and ethics in social media research.

Resources for instructors and students are available on a website to accompany the book at: https://edge.sagepub.com/saldanaomasta2e
 
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
Learning Objectives

 
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
Learning Objectives

 
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, Visual Images, and Digital Materials
Learning Objectives

 
Introduction

 
On Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs

 
Analyzing Manifest and Latent Contents

 
The Materials and Meanings of Human Production

 
Analyzing Documents

 
Analyzing Artifacts

 
Analyzing Visual Images

 
Analyzing Digital Materials

 
The Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships in Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials

 
Closure and Transition

 
Resources for Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials

 
Analytic Exercises for Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials

 
Sample Photograph

 
 
Chapter 4. Analyzing Interviews: Preparing, Conducting, and Transcribing
Learning Objectives

 
Introduction

 
Types of Interviews

 
Participant Selection

 
Interview Preparation, Scheduling, and Arrangements

 
Asking Questions

 
Transcribing

 
Closure and Transition

 
Resources for Interviewing

 
Analytic Exercises for Interviewing

 
 
Chapter 5. Analyzing Interviews: Condensing and Coding
Learning Objectives

 
Introduction

 
Interview Condensation

 
Analyzing Interviews Through Codes and Coding

 
Closure and Transition

 
Analytic Exercises for Interviewing

 
Sample Interview Transcript

 
 
Part II. Analyzing the Framework
 
Chapter 6. Analyzing Qualitative Methodologies
Learning Objectives

 
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

 
Supplemental Readings

 
 
Chapter 7. Analyzing Qualitative Research Design
Learning Objectives

 
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
Learning Objectives

 
Introduction

 
The Rules of Research

 
Institutional Review Boards

 
Researcher and Participant Relationships

 
Ethics in Social Media Research

 
Analyzing Ethical Ambiguity

 
Closure and Transition

 
Resources for Research Ethics

 
Analytic Exercises for Research Ethics

 
 
Part III. Analytic Assemblage
 
Chapter 9. Analysis to Synthesis: Condensing, Patterning, and Unifying
Learning Objectives

 
Introduction

 
On Synthesis

 
Condensing Large Amounts of Data

 
Patterning Textual, Visual, and Digital Materials

 
Unifying Seemingly Different Things

 
Closure and Transition

 
Analytic Exercises for Analysis to Synthesis

 
 
Chapter 10. Analysis to Synthesis: Understanding, Interpreting, and Theorizing
Learning Objectives

 
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 Analysis to Synthesis

 
Analytic Exercises for Analysis to Synthesis

 
Sample Data for Analysis to Synthesis

 
 
Chapter 11. Analytic Write-Ups
Learning Objectives

 
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 and Professional Development
Learning Objectives

 
Introduction

 
Paper Presentations

 
Poster Presentations

 
Dramatic/Staged Readings

 
Presenting Data Effectively

 
Professional Networking

 
Professional Development

 
Analysis as a Lens, Filter, and Angle on Life

 
Closure

 
Resources for Presenting Qualitative Research and Professional Development as a Qualitative Researcher

 
Analytic Exercises for Presentations and Professional Development

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Analyzing Field Sites


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