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Qualitative Approaches and Methods in Social Research

All research involves interpretation. Qualitative research often foregrounds this feature, but this does not mean that qualitative analysis is arbitrary.
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Paul Dowling

on 1 April 2017

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Transcript of Qualitative Approaches and Methods in Social Research


Jaamia Galant's research

interviews with medical & educational researchers
two 'attractor states'
focus on methods & techniques
mainly quantitative
access the world
as it really is
focus on interpretive frame
mainly qualitative
present
interpretation
what's the point?
the point:
human agents are concerned with:
the
formation
,
maintenance
and
destabilising
of
meaning
attempts to
institutionalise
meanings in the form of
alliances
and
oppositions
foreground privileged meanings
obscure opposing meanings
strategies are not always successful:

complex strategic space
safest to ally with an existing alliance (cliché)
interpretive research cf fiction?
'fiction' weakens claims made
coherent interpretive frame strengthens claims
tacit/individualilsed method
tacit/individualised interpretive frame
explicit interpretive frame
I+ interpretive frame
process
product
novel interrogated by critical review
interpretive frame & data under mutual interrogation
methodology
Jaamia Galant's research asks, is:

quantitative research
strong on method?
weak on interpretive frame?

qualitative research
strong on interpretive frame?
weak on method?

Qualitative research might start with theoretical dispositions/theoretical sensitivity
eg the nature & development of language?

Edward Sapir/Benjamin Whorf
Lev Vygotsky
Émile Durkheim
Alexander Luria
Basil Bernstein
William Labov
Edward Hall
M.A.K. Halliday
Ferdinand Saussure
Jean Baudrillard
Jacques Derrida
Jacques Lacan
Michel Foucault
Qualitative Research
THEORETICAL
EMPIRICAL
transaction
regulated by
METHODOLOGY
METHODOLOGY = ?
access
sampling
data collection
data analysis
contingencies
ethical issues
variables are nominal
DATA ANALYSIS
LET THE DATA SPEAK
fragment data
open coding
what is put together
what is kept apart
hierarchies
trajectories
sampling

data collection

data analysis
theoretical
sensitivity
methodology
what are we looking for/at?
how?
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