Analyzing Qualitative Data by Alan Bryman

By Alan Bryman

This significant inter-disciplinary assortment, edited by means of of the easiest revered figures within the box, presents an outstanding basic advent to this topic. Chapters comprise discussions of fieldwork technique, examining discourse, the benefits and pitfalls of group ways, the makes use of of desktops, and the functions of qualitative facts research for social coverage. sensible and insightful, the gathering might be required studying for college kids of the most recent pondering on study equipment.

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It also explained the failure of well-meaning attempts to ‘train’ them for ‘ordinary’ employment. Similarly, there seemed to be no available categories for the kind of marriage exchanges found in my field material (1983:175–80). Some anthropologists inaccurately labelled them sister exchange. Segalen, Zonabend (and others) have, I discovered much later, offered the term ‘chaining or renewal of alliance’ (1987:114–5) for marriage patterns in the French peasantry and which are to some extent similar to those found among British Gypsies.

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Only then was empirical evidence instrumentally sought as confirmation or elucidation. This form of analysis was the opposite to how I had worked on some of the other chapters; I now responded entirely to intuition and elusive memory before grounding myself in the recorded notes. There was a moment 32 Analyzing qualitative data of relief and freedom when, after a discussion with Shirley Ardener, I felt it was right to trust my new intuitions, while being unable in any empiricist way to point to exact ‘proof’ in field notes that the ideas were sound.

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