Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn / Edition 1

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Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn provides an innovative approach to grounded theory useful in a wide array of qualitative research projects. Extending Anselm Strauss's ecological social worlds/arenas/discourses framework, situational analysis offers researchers three kinds of maps that place emphasis on the range of differences rather than commonalities, as found via the traditional grounded theory approach.
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Editorial Reviews

Karen D. Locke
Through this book, grounded theory has been thoroughly remodeled. Pulling together diverse traditions in social theory and providing a coherent methodological translation for them, this renovation is both scholarly and practical. The text is as an exemplar for updating and reinterpreting research approaches in light of contemporary philosophical and methodological sensibilities.
Antony Bryant
A timely and erudite critique of grounded theory, clearly favoring the Straussian line, and none the worse for that.
Stefan Timmermans
With passion and bravura Situational Analysis maps the structures, discourses, and silences hidden in qualitative research. Adele Clarke offers the best of both worlds: a theoretically grounded methodology and a methodologically useful theory. This book is a must read for every researcher contemplating a study of people doing things together.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761930563
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,019,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Adele E. Clarke is Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Trained by Anselm Strauss, she has been using and teaching grounded theory since 1980. Her primary research areas are historical and contemporary sociology of biomedical sciences and technologies (especially reproductive sciences and contraceptive technologies), biomedicalization studies, qualitative research methodologies, and feminist women's health and technoscience studies. She is the author of Disciplining Reproduction: American Life Scientists and the ‘Problem of Sex’ (University of California Press, 1998). She co-edited The Right Tools for the Job: At Work in Twentieth Century Life Sciences (Princeton University Press, 1992). In women's health, Dr. Clarke co-edited Women's Health: Complexities and Diversities (Ohio State University Press, 1997) and Revisioning Women, Health and Healing: Cultural, Feminist and Technoscience Perspectives (Routledge, 1999). She is the co-editor of Biomedicalization: Technoscience, health, and illness in the U.S.(Duke University Press, 2010) and co-author of Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation (Left Coast Press, 2009). She serves as co-editor of Bio Societies: Interdisciplinary Journal for Social Studies of Life Sciences. In 2009 she received the Overall Excellence in Teaching Award from UCSF School of Nursing.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : regrounding grounded theory
1 Pushing and being pulled around the postmodern turn 1
2 From Chicago ecologies to situational analysis 37
3 Doing situational maps and analysis 83
4 Turning to discourse(s) 145
5 Mapping narrative discourses 181
6 Mapping visual discourses 205
7 Mapping historical discourses 261
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