Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiryby Frederick J. Wertz, Kathy Charmaz, Linda M. McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson
Pub. Date: 04/15/2011
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
This unique text provides a broad introduction to qualitative analysis together with concrete demonstrations and comparisons of five major approaches. Leading scholars apply their respective analytic lenses to a narrative account and interview featuring "Teresa," a young opera singer who experienced a career-changing illness. The resulting analyses… See more details below
This unique text provides a broad introduction to qualitative analysis together with concrete demonstrations and comparisons of five major approaches. Leading scholars apply their respective analytic lenses to a narrative account and interview featuring "Teresa," a young opera singer who experienced a career-changing illness. The resulting analyses vividly exemplify what each approach looks like in action. The researchers then probe the similarities and differences among their approaches; their distinctive purposes and strengths; the role, style, and subjectivity of the individual researcher; and the scientific and ethical complexities of conducting qualitative research. Also included are the research participant's responses to each analysis of her experience. A narrative account from another research participant, "Gail," can be used by readers to practice the kinds of analysis explored in the book.
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Table of Contents
I. A Story of Qualitative Research in Psychology
1. From Innovative Practices to the Call for Methodology
2. The Establishment of Methodological Traditions
3. Contemporary Movement, Methodological Pluralism, and Challenges
II. Five Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis
4. The Teresa Texts: Thick Description of Living through Misfortune
5. A Phenomenological Psychological Approach to Trauma and Resilience, Frederick J. Wertz
6. A Constructivist Grounded Theory Analysis of Losing and Regaining a Valued Self, Kathy Charmaz
7. A Discursive Analysis of Teresa’s Protocol: Enhancing Oneself, Diminishing Others, Linda M. McMullen
8. Narrative Research: Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Story, Ruthellen Josselson
9. Intuitive Inquiry: Exploring the Mirroring Discourse of Disease, Rosemarie Anderson
III. Pluralism, Participation, and Unity in Qualitative Research
10. Comparisons through Five Lenses
11. The Participant’s Response
12. Ethics, Participant Involvement, and Analytic Methodology
Appendix: Gail’s Texts
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I found this book not only to be informative, but it enriched my experience as a writer by forcing me to dig deeper into a better understanding of other qualitative methods. I walked away from this text with fresh ideas and an enhanced perspective on my own work.