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Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative Data Analysis
Practical Strategies

Second Edition
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October 2020 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Balancing theoretical foundations with practical strategies, this book helps you develop an approach to your qualitative analysis that is both systematic and insightful.

It demonstrates the importance of tying analysis into every aspect of research, from design, through data collection and management, to writing up, and provides step-by-step guidance on how to embed analysis from start to finish. Grounded in the reality of doing research, this second edition:

  • Presents visual and text-based methods for analysis, using manual and digital tools 
  • Inspires confidence as you code, connect and interrogate observational, text and visual data
  • Showcases best practice and helps you navigate real-life dilemmas using case studies of research from across the social sciences.

Together with rich online resources including videos, datasets and journal articles, this is an important new edition for all students undertaking qualitative research, with a focus on analysis and design.
Part I: Laying the foundations for analysis
Chapter 1: Thinking and working qualitatively
Chapter 2: Foundations for thinking and working qualitatively
Chapter 3: Design that supports analysis
Chapter 4: Managing and preparing data for analysis
Part II: Fundamentals of analysis: working with data
Chapter 5: Read, reflect, and connect: initial explorations of data
Chapter 6: Coding as an analytic strategy
Chapter 7: Tools to manage the coding process
Chapter 8: Codes, themes, and descriptive writing
Chapter 9: Working with cases to build understanding and explanation
Chapter 10: Learning from stories, accounts, and conversations
Chapter 11: Analysing visual data
Chapter 12: Comparative analyses using coded data
Part III: Extending analysis beyond codes and themes
Chapter 13: Exploring, seeing, and investigating connections in data
Chapter 14: Elaborating concepts, developing theory
Chapter 15: Realising coherent understanding
Chapter 16: Defending and extending: issues of quality and significance

Pat Bazeley’s book is suitable for both novice and experienced researchers who are serious about undertaking rigorous qualitative analysis. It succeeds in balancing academic considerations with the practicalities of doing qualitative data analysis. The entire text is prescribed reading for all my senior students who are tackling qualitative research. 

Jacques de Wet
Convener of the Development Studies Programme, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town

If you are new to qualitative research and interested in developing theory at doctoral level, this book is a useful resource for demystifying theory development. As a Phenomenologist, I found the phenomenology sections are written in accessible language. A valuable guide covering the basics, including naming codes and understanding thick descriptions.

Efe Imiren
Lecturer, Suffolk Business School, University of Suffolk

For many students and emerging scholars new to qualitative research, the analysis of qualitative research data remains a mysterious process. This book is an indispensable guide in opening up this ‘black box’ of qualitative research. Pat Bazeley shows the qualitative data analysis process in action: not a technical and highly procedural undertaking, but an interpretative act that requires as much systematicity as it requires creativity, imagination and thinking.

Mathias Decuypere
Assistant Professor, Methodology of Educational Sciences, KU Leuven