Making Sense of Qualitative Data: Complementary Research Strategies

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After a research project has been designed and the data have been gathered, what is the best way to transform the myriad varieties of data into something useful? Authors Amanda Coffey and Paul Atkinson underscore the diversity of approaches at the disposal of the qualitative researcher by using a single data set--doctoral students and faculty members in social anthropology--that they analyze using a number of techniques. User-friendly and accessible, Making Sense of Qualitative Data is not intended as a comprehensive cookbook of methods. It describes and illustrates a number of key, complementary approaches to qualitative data and offers practical advice on the many ways to analyze data, which the reader is encouraged to explore and enjoy. Practical and straightforward, with special attention paid to the possibilities in computer-aided analysis, Making Sense of Qualitative Data is an invaluable resource to students and professionals in qualitative and research methods, sociology, anthropology, communication, management, and education.

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Paul Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University. His current interest is the work of artists and craft workers. His books include Thinking Ethnographically (SAGE, 2017), For Ethnography (SAGE, 2014), Everyday Arias (AltaMira, 2006), Interactionism (co-authored with William Housley; SAGE, 2003), and Key Themes in Qualitative Research (co-authored with Amanda Coffey and Sara Delamount; AltaMira, 2003). He and Sara Delamont were the founding editors of the journal Qualitative Research (SAGE).He coedited the SAGE Handbook of Ethnography (2001). He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Paul Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University. His current interest is the work of artists and craft workers. His books include Thinking Ethnographically (SAGE, 2017), For Ethnography (SAGE, 2014), Everyday Arias (AltaMira, 2006), Interactionism (co-authored with William Housley; SAGE, 2003), and Key Themes in Qualitative Research (co-authored with Amanda Coffey and Sara Delamount; AltaMira, 2003). He and Sara Delamont were the founding editors of the journal Qualitative Research (SAGE).He coedited the SAGE Handbook of Ethnography (2001). He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

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