The wide range of approaches to data analysis in qualitative research can seem daunting even for experienced researchers. This handbook is the first to provide a state-of-the art overview of the whole field of QDA; from general analytic strategies used in qualitative research, to approaches specific to particular types of qualitative data, including talk, text, sounds, images and virtual data. The handbook includes chapters on traditional analytic strategies such as grounded theory, content analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative analysis, as well as coverage of newer trends like mixed methods, reanalysis and meta-analysis. Practical aspects such as sampling, transcription, working collaboratively, writing and implementation are given close attention, as are theory and theorization, reflexivity, and ethics. Written by a team of experts in qualitative research from around the world, this handbook is an essential compendium for all qualitative researchers and students across the social sciences.
Author: Linda Hantrais
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Release Date: 2008-11-12
Genre: Business & Economics
This authoritative book examines the what, why and how of international comparative research. It offers a comprehensive topic-based overview of the theory and practice of comparative research and addresses the possible concerns of those both funding the research and using the findings. Drawing on illustrations from the extensive international literature as well as real-life comparative studies, the chapters guide readers through the many stages in the research process, from research design and data collection to the analysis and interpretation of findings. In a book that crosses national, societal, cultural and disciplinary boundaries, the author: • Pinpoints practical problems and directs readers to tried and tested solutions, including multiple method strategies. • Draws on examples of policy transfer to examine how comparative research can inform policy making • Provides guidance on the management of international research teams and projects. This resource is the ultimate reference tool for students, researchers and practitioners undertaking comparative research projects in international settings across the social sciences and humanities.
Author: Sven Ollmann
Genre: Social Science
Inhaltsangabe:Einleitung: Die Arbeit geht von der Annahme aus, dass die Analyse nationaler Eigenheiten und internationaler Übereinstimmungen im Bereich Öffentlichkeitsarbeit neue Impulse für den Ausbau der nach wie vor schwachen theoretischen Fundierung des Faches ergeben könnte. Bisher gibt es erst wenige Ansätze, nationale Ausprägungen von Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bzw. Public Relations (PR) zu untersuchen. Zwar existieren einige Abhandlungen über die PR-Geschichte einzelner Länder in der jeweiligen Landessprache. Studien, die einen Blick über die Grenzen wagen, sind jedoch selten. Aus diesen Gründen befaßt sich die vorliegende Untersuchung mit der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in den Niederlanden aus deutscher Sicht. Die Niederlande wurden ausgewählt, da sich die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit dort durch eine interessante nationale Besonderheit auszeichnet: die Zweiteilung in Public Relations und Voorlichting (dt.: Aufklärung). Van der Meiden und Fauconnier bezeichnen sie als ein typisch niederländisches Problem, das im Ausland oft auf Unverständnis stoße. Dieses Unverständnis zu beheben, ist das Ziel der Magisterarbeit. Mit einem Vergleich der Fachliteratur, des Professionalisierungsstandes sowie der Arbeitsweisen der Praktiker wird versucht zu klären, ob und inwieweit Voorlichting und PR zwei eigenständige Gebiete mit jeweils eigenen Methoden und Theorien sind. Bestehen tatsächlich grundlegende Unterschiede oder handelt es sich um weitgehend identische Tätigkeiten, für die lediglich verschiedene Bezeichnungen existieren? Gang der Untersuchung: Der Hauptteil der Arbeit gliedert sich in drei Schritte. Zu Beginn wird untersucht, welche Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten auf theoretischer Ebene zwischen Voorlichting und PR bestehen. Dazu werden in einer Übersicht über die niederländische Fachliteratur wichtige Ansätze und Forschungen vorgestellt. Der zweite Schritt besteht aus einer Analyse des Berufsfeldes Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in den Niederlanden. Zunächst werden die sich aus dem gesellschaftlichen Kontext ergebenden Rahmenbedingungen dargestellt. Den Einstieg bildet eine kurze Beschreibung der niederländischen Gesellschaftsform der Versäulung (verzuiling). Zwar löst sich dieses System zusehends auf, doch tragen noch einige für PR und Voorlichting relevante gesellschaftliche Bereiche seine Spuren - wie bspw. das Mediensystem. Es folgt eine Darstellung der Kommunikationsordnung mit den für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit wichtigen Gesetzen und Bestimmungen. Anschließend wird [...]
Social scientists are increasingly faced with the need to conduct research on an international scale. Although there is a long-established tradition of comparative research, the design and conduct of cross-national studies continues to present serious theoretical and methodological difficulties. In this book an experienced international team of researchers explores these problems and examines how they have been addressed through specific examples of comparative research. Does comparison across national boundaries present a new set of theoretical, methodological and epistemological challenges; or is it simply a variant (however complex in practice) of other social research? How far can the findings of single-country studies be replicated and validated through cross-national research? Is there a specific comparative methodology? How do the methodological issues of comparative work cut across other debates on method? Do data already available in national and international archives offer a route towards resolving practical problems in comparative research? Exploring these and other issues in comparative methodology, this book will be essential reading for sociologists, political scientists and others engaged in international social research.
This anthology indicates the many and multi-layered ways in which women's movements have developed in the past and the challenges that face women's movements today. Covering a broad range of issues, the book strives for re-narration and re-location of one of the major social movements of the 20th century and for fresh analysis of the latest trends. The framework for the texts has been set by recent structural, ideological and cultural changes towards globalization (including the end of the Cold War bipolarization), immigration, and multiculturalism. The changes have produced new fields of cooperation and conflicts within the women's movements and generated new questions that are dealt with in four main sections. - Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2005
'Editors Landman and Robinson have compiled an excellent tour d'horizon of comparative politics. Distinguished contributors explore theoretical and methodological issues as well as examine the critical substantive domains that animate today's comparativists. Graduate students and academics will want to keep this volume on their book shelf' - Professor Mark Irving Lichbach, University of Maryland 'The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics is a major new resource for scholars of comparative politics, and of political science more generally. The Handbook covers the field with admirable thoroughness, but does not sacrifice depth for breadth. The chapters are written by notable scholars who provide rich discussions of their topics, and help to move the sub-discipline forward' - B. Guy Peters, Professor, University of Pittsburgh The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents; in one volume, an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present and possible futures of the field. The Handbook is divided into three parts. The first considers comparative methodologies and reviews the interactions between various sub-fields of comparative politics: political economy; political sociology; area studies; international relations; and institutional analysis. The second section examines nine 'classic' issues of concern to comparativists, including government formation, political behaviour and democratization. In the final section, nine new and emerging areas of comparative research are considered, such as terrorism, electoral corruption, human rights and regional integration. The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics is an essential resource for researchers in political science, political sociology, political economy, international relations, area studies and all other fields with a comparative political dimension.
Author: Michael Lewis-Beck
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Social Science
"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.
Author: Edwin Amenta
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Genre: Social Science
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concerning globalization, social movements, and citizenship The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights Revises and updates all previously published chapters to include new themes and topics in political sociology Provides an overview of scholarship in the field, with chapters working independently and collectively to examine the full range of contributions to political sociology Offers a challenging yet accessible and complete reference guide for students and scholars
'The 4th edition of this extensive text is an outstanding resource prepared by nurses (and a librarian) for nurses. In a structured and helpful style it presents thousands of items from the literature - published papers, reports, books and electronic resources - as a clear, accessible, and most of all useful collection. The efforts to signpost and lead the reader to the sought-for information are effective and well-conceived, and the "How to use this book" section is remarkably simple...the book should be found in every nursing and health library, every research institute and centre, and close to many career researchers' desks' - RCN Research This latest edition of Resources for Nursing Research provides a comprehensive bibliography of sources on nursing research, and includes references for books, journal papers and Internet resources. Designed to act as a 'signpost' to available literature in the area, this Fourth Edition covers the disciplines of nursing, health care and the social sciences. Entries are concise, informative and accessible, and are arranged under three main sections: · 'Sources of Literature' covers the process of literature searching, including using libraries and other tools for accessing literature · 'Methods of Inquiry' includes an introduction to research, how to conceptualize and design nursing and health research, measurement and data collection, and the interpretation and presentation of data · 'The Background to Research in Nursing' encompasses the development of nursing research; the profession's responsibilities; the role of government; funding; research roles and careers; and education for research. Fully revised and updated, the Fourth Edition includes just under 3000 entries, of which 90% are new. It has extensive coverage of US, UK literature and other international resources. This new edition will be an essential guide for all those with an interest in nursing research, including students, teachers, librarians, practitioners and researchers.