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Situational Analysis

Situational Analysis
Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn

May 2005 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to situational analysis of qualitative data. Adele E Clarke personally created the situational analysis approach, no other book currently deals with it. She carefully situates herself and the situational analysis approach vis-à-vis other current approaches to grounded theory (specifically) and to qualitative data analysis (more generally).

Situational analysis is unique in that it both uses and extends grounded theory; it employs established coding and memoing strategies, while extending the method to include three new kinds of maps and analyses of the situation focused upon in one's research. This is also the first publication about using grounded theory with historical, visual, and discursive materials.

List of Illustrations
Prologue: Regrounding Grounded Theory
1. Pushing and Being Pulled Around the Postmodern Turn
Grounded Theory/Symbolic Interactionism as a Theory/Methods Package  
Grounded Theory/Symbolic Interactionism as Always Already Around the Postmodern Turn  
Grounded Theory as Recalcitrant Against the Postmodern Turn  
Pushing Grounded Theory Around the Postmodern Turn  
Reflections and Anticipations  
2. From Chicago Ecologies to Situational Analysis
Root Metaphors: From Chicago School Social Ecologies to Social Worlds/Arenas/Discourses  
New Roots I: Foucault and the Interactionist Project  
New Roots II: Taking the Nonhuman Explicitly Into Account  
New Roots III: From Social Worlds/Arenas to Situational Maps and Analysis  
Project Design, Data Gathering, and Accountability  
Temporary Closures  
3. Doing Situational Maps and Analysis
Doing Situational Maps  
Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps  
Doing Positional Maps  
Final Products: Project Maps  
Provisional Conclusions  
4. Turning to Discourse(s)
Introducing Discourse Analysis  
Multisite/Multiscape Research  
Issues in Situational Analysis of Discourse(s)  
5. Mapping Narrative Discourses
Designing a Narrative Project  
Doing Situational Maps of Narrative Discourse  
Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps of Narrative Discourse  
Doing Positional Maps of Narrative Discourse  
Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Narrative Discourse  
6. Mapping Visual Discourses
Entering Visual Discourse  
Doing Situational Analysis of Visual Discourse  
Visual Discourse Exemplars: Moore and Clarke's Anatomies  
Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Visual Discourse  
7. Mapping Historical Discourses
Designing Historical and Historicizing Projects  
Doing Situational Maps of Historical Discourse  
Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps of Historical Discourse  
Doing Positional Maps of Historical Discourse  
Project Map of Historical Discourse  
Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Historical Discourse  
Epilogue: FAQs and Conversations
About the Author

Through this book, grounded theory has been thoroughly remodeled. Pulling together diverse traditions in social theory and providing a coherent methodological translation for them, this renovation is both scholarly and practical. The text is as an exemplar for updating and reinterpreting research approaches in light of contemporary philosophical and methodological sensibilities.

Karen D. Locke
College of William and Mary

A timely and erudite critique of grounded theory, clearly favoring the Straussian line, and none the worse for that.

Antony Bryant
Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K.

With passion and bravura Situational Analysis maps the structures, discourses, and silences hidden in qualitative research. Adele Clarke offers the best of both worlds: a theoretically grounded methodology and a methodologically useful theory. This book is a must read for every researcher contemplating a study of people doing things together.

Stefan Timmermans
Brandeis University

This is an essential read for all grounded theorists engaged in qualitative research. Not an easy read, complex at times, but inspirational and thought provoking.

Mr Gregory Paul Bleakley
Schl of Nursing, Midwifery & Soc Work, Manchester University
June 22, 2016

Essential reading for phenomenological research

Ms Dianne Patricia Hancock
School of Live Arts, Doncaster University Centre
March 23, 2015

Very interesting book - but not essential reading for an introduction course to qualitative data analysis.

Dr Claire Maxwell
Doctoral, Institute of Education
November 14, 2013

This book is an excellent book and would be an excellent addition to any masters programme. It is my belief however, that this book is too complex for our undergraduates and it is written in a very adademic style, that is at times difficult to read.

This does not take anything away from the book, it is well written and when i start teaching on the MSc programme i will highly recommend it to my students

Mr Nick White
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
November 13, 2013

Good for the more advanced student.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
June 26, 2013

This is a great book for those already familiar with grounded theory. It will be of value to doctoral level students of professional studies at SHU

Ms Fiona Wilson
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
June 25, 2013

Comprehensive guide to data analysis in grounded theory, adding further credibility to GT analysis. Recommended text for researchers using GT.

Mrs Collette Straughair
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
February 26, 2012

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