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Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative Data Analysis
An Introduction

Second Edition

December 2012 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this fully updated and expanded Second Edition, Carol Grbich provides a guide through current issues in the analysis of qualitative data. Packed with detailed examples, a glossary, further reading lists and a section on writing up, this easy to read text is exactly what you need to get you started in qualitative research.

The new edition covers analytical approaches including:

  • Grounded theory
  • Classical, existential and hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Feminist research including memory work
  • Classical, auto- and cyberethnography as well as ethnodrama
  • Content, narrative, conversation and discourse analysis
  • Visual interpretation
  • Semiotic, structural and poststructural analyses

A one-stop-shop for students new to qualitative data analysis!

Design Methodologies, Data Management and Analytical Approaches
Incorporating Data from Multiple Sources: Mixing Methods
Classical Ethnography
Critical Ethnographic Approaches
Feminist Approaches
Grounded Theory
Postmodern Influences on Society and Qualitative Research
Poetic Inquiry
Ethnodrama and Performative Art
Cyber-Ethnography and E-Research
Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
Semiotic Structural and Post-Structural Analysis (Deconstruction)
Content Analysis of Texts
Content Analysis of Visual Documentation
Narrative Analysis
Conversation Analysis
Discourse Analysis
An Overview of Qualitative Computer Programs
Theorizing from Data
Innovative Data Display

Carol Grbich's new edition provides succinct and useful coverage of the newer qualitative approaches. It is a must read for those seeking an understanding of data analysis from a perspective that includes an understanding of paradigms, traditions of inquiry and traditional analytical approaches.
James H. Banning
Professor of Education, Colorado State University

Qualitative Data Analysis is an excellent text that deals with not just the practical issues of handling different types of qualitative data but also provides insights into methodological and epistemological assumptions underpinning the methods of analysis in qualitative inquiry. Carol has impressively weaved detailed examples of qualitative data with appropriate research theories, which enables a better understanding of analytical approaches in the research process.
Tejendra Pherali
Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University

I found this book is a reading especially useful for researchers who are starting to study and develop qualitative research. It allows readers to understand the theoretical groundings of qualitative approaches (2) and introduces qualitative analysis software (on this topic further reading is necessary). The organisation of the contents makes it easy to read (Key points, examples, summaries and student exercises). I have recommended the book to my students, as an introductory text to qualitative analysis.


Miss Sandra Marinho
Communication Sciences, Minho University

This is a great introduction to background and working methods for many common forms of qualitative data analysis methodologies.

Ms Heidi Colthup
School of European Culture & Languages , University of Kent
July 24, 2020

This is a very good resource

Mrs Josephine D Morris
Interdiscipline, Winchester University
December 9, 2020

This latest edition is a valuable and timely addition to the wealth of existing literature about research methodologies. It is made up of 6 parts with each beginning with an overview of the topic followed by detailed and relevant information about each sub-topic. It is well written and designed to reach a wider audience. Part 3 consists of the additional material to the first edition. In this part the author refers to newer qualitative approaches which includes among others, ‘poetic inquiry’ and ‘ethnodrama and performative art’. Each part concludes with a reading list not just of the references cited but further reading of the specific areas mentioned. To conclude, this is an excellent book for both new and experienced qualitative research students. The language is accessible and appropriate. Qualitative research is shown to be creative and its findings deep and rich. A must-read!

Mr Shane Payne
Engineering, Leicester College
July 9, 2015

A good introduction to a range of approaches to qualitative data analysis, covering both traditional and more recent techniques. Each approach is discussed in relation to research philosophy, theory, design and practice. I have recommended the book to my students, as an introductory text to qualitative analysis.

Dr Stacey Bushfield
School of Accounting & Finance, Dundee University
June 24, 2015

Very good text, that provides a comprehensive introduction to qual. data analysis. Covers a range of both traditional and newer approaches as well as coding and basic NVivo. Written in an accessible format that students should be able to use effectively to learn from. It goes into a lot more detail than many books with 'an introduction' in their title. Highly recommended.

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
March 29, 2015

Comprehensive overview of qual data analysis process and methods. Highly accessible language, suitable for UG and PG students

Mr Andrew G Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
September 4, 2015

Students commneted on how useful this book has been

Sara Bell
School of Health & Social Care, Chester University
January 23, 2015

A very detailed, helpful text throughout. The chapters consist of images and there are many opportunities to follow up ideas/further literature.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 6, 2015

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