1st Edition

How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens Moving Beyond "Themes Emerged"

Edited By Áine M Humble, M. Elise Radina Copyright 2019
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    Winner of the 2020 Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research, National Council on Family Relations.

    How is qualitative data actually collected, analyzed, and accomplished? Real stories of How Qualitative Data Analysis Occurs: Moving Beyond "Themes Emerged" offers an in-depth look into how qualitative social science researchers studying family issues and dynamics approach their data analyses. It moves beyond the usual vague statement of "themes emerged from the data" to show readers how researchers actively and consciously arrive at their themes and conclusions, revealing the complexity and time involved in making sense of thousands of pages of interview data, multiple data sources, and diverse types of data.

    How Qualitative Data Analysis Occurs focuses on a diversity of topics in family research across the life course. The various authors provide detailed narratives into how they analyzed their data from previous publications, and what methodologies they used, ranging from arts-based research, autoethnography, community-based participatory research, ethnography, grounded theory, to narrative analysis.

    Supplemental figures, images, and screenshots which are referred to in the chapters, are included in an accompanying eResource, as well as links to the previously published work on which the chapters are based. This book is an invaluable resource for experienced and novice qualitative researchers throughout the social sciences.

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    Introduction: Real Stories of How This Volume Happened

    M. Elise Radina and Áine M. Humble


    Section 1: Stories

    Chapter 1: Analyzing Self and Other in Autoethnography: Telling Secrets About One’s Stillborn Child

    Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower

    Chapter 2: Creating Research Poetry: A Nursing Home Example

    Evonne Miller

    Chapter 3: Applying Indigenous Analytical Approaches to Sexual Health Research: A Reflection on ᐅᓂᒃᑲᐊᖃᑎᒋᐃᓐᓂᖅ Unikkaqatigiiniq (Storytelling) and ᓴᓇᓂᖅ Sananiq (Crafting)

    Gwen K. Healey

    Chapter 4: Thematic and Phenomenological Analysis in Research on Intimate Relationships

    Paul C. Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Wieling

    Chapter 5: Sharing Expertise in Appalachia: A Collaborative Feminist Content Analysis of In-Depth Interviews with Older Women Cancer Survivors

    Katherine R. Allen and Karen A. Roberto

    Chapter 6: Revisiting and Remaking the Listening Guide: An Ecological and Ontological Narrativity Approach to Analyzing Fathering Narratives

    Andrea Doucet

    Chapter 7: Authenticity in Qualitative Data Analyses: Notes on Racial and Gender Diversity in Team Ethnography of Young Men of Color

    Kevin Roy, John Hart, and Laura Golojuch

    Chapter 8: What Does This Mean to You? Partnering with Amigas de la Comunidad to Analyze the Housing Conditions of Undocumented Latina Immigrants

    Colleen K. Vesely, Bethany L. Letiecq, Rachael Goodman, Marlene Marquez, Liciane Alves, Wendy Lazo, and Roberto Martinez

    Chapter 9: Lost in the Data: Strategies Used to Analyze a Large-Scale Collaboratively-Collected Qualitative Dataset of Low-Income Families

    Katherine E. Speirs, Colleen K. Vesely, and Kevin Roy

    Chapter 10: Uprooting Grounded Theory: The Messy Reality of Understanding Low-Income Couples’ Cohabitation Transitions

    Tyler Jamison

    Chapter 11: Charting the Course: Analytic Processes Used in a Study of Residents’ Care Networks in Assisted Living

    Candace Kemp, Mary M. Ball, and Molly M. Perkins

    Chapter 12: Using Family-Level Data in Research on Work-Related Travel: A Multi-Tonal Experience

    Anisa Zvonkovic and Andrea Swenson

    Chapter 13: An Ethnographic Analysis of Latino Gay Youth’s Paths to Homelessness

    H. Daniel Castellanos

    Section 2: Dialogues

    Chapter 14: Dialogue about Arts-based Research

    Gwen K. Healey, Evonne Miller, and Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower

    Chapter 15: Dialogue about Reflexivity

    Katherine R. Allen, Bethany L. Letiecq, Karen A. Roberto, Paul C. Rosenblatt, and Elizabeth Wieling

    Chapter 16: Dialogue about Qualitative Data Analysis Software

    Tyler Jamison, Candace Kemp, Katherine E. Speirs, Andrea Swenson, and Colleen K. Vesely

    Chapter 17: Dialogue about Data Display

    H. Daniel Castellanos, Mary M. Ball, and Anisa Zvonkovic



    Áine M. Humble is Professor in Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    M. Elise Radina is Professor in Family Science and Social Work at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA.

    "This comprehensive volume brings together key voices within the developmental and family sciences to demystify the process of how exactly one executes qualitative data analysis. Too often descriptions of qualitative data analysis strategies are vague, shrouded in jargon, or limited due to publication restrictions. Clearly, this collection of chapters is more than just a ‘how to’ of data analysis strategies, but also helps readers understand the decisions that are made every step of the way with regard to designing and carrying out qualitative research. Readers have a rare opportunity to learn how researchers respond to real life research conundrums and methodological challenges inherent in qualitative scholarship. I particularly appreciated ‘dialogue’ chapters devoted to critical issues that cut across a range of qualitative approaches such as reflexivity, the use of analytic software, and how to display findings. By tapping into the wisdom and experiences of those who have forged the trail and done the work, How Data Analysis Happens offers useful methodological tools that will help readers execute qualitative studies that are rigorous, thoughtful and wildly creative." - Joyce A. Arditti, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech, USA

    "How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond "Themes Emerged" pulls back the layers of qualitative research—giving the reader access to often concealed insights into qualitative research methodology. A rarity in our field, this collection of chapters tells the real stories of conducting qualitative methods: the starts and stops, the shifts, the decisions that contradict methodological "guidelines," and the infusion of our humanness into our science. I will use this book as a supplement to my graduate qualitative research class, as it will help students go deeper in their work and normalize the complexity inherent in all stages of qualitative methods." - Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D., Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, USA