Situational Analysis in Practice
Mapping Relationalities Across Disciplines
Situational Analysis (SA) uses analytic maps of the situation, processes and relations identified using approaches pioneered in Grounded Theory. Creator of the method, award-winning sociologist Adele E. Clarke, with Rachel Washburn and Carrie Friese, show how the method can be, and has been, used in a variety of critical qualitative studies.
The entirely new second edition of this book offers several chapters on the method and new introductory material from the editors about developments in using SA in qualitative inquiry. Part I introduces readers to the method of SA, discussing recent developments in the field. Part II offers five new chapters about various facets of the SA method, including a history of Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis, SA as critical pragmatist interactionism, using SA in managing a mixed-methods project, and SA mapping in the social policy classroom and in clinical counseling as innovatively collaborative analysis. Part III offers six new exemplary research articles drawn from energy research and international relations, public health research methods, disabled access to public transportation, participation in conservation in a biosphere reserve, and PTSD and the military. Authors’ reflections on their experiences in using the method are also included.
These carefully selected new readings vividly demonstrate how widely this method has travelled, successfully meeting the needs of diverse researchers seeking an innovative relational approach to critically analyzing a wide array of data. Situational Analysis in Practice will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students practicing the SA method across the social sciences, including sociology and healthcare among other disciplines, as well as research scholars interested in qualitative inquiry.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOREWORD: Reiner Keller (Professor of Sociology, University of Augsburg, Germany)
PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PART I: INTRODUCING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO PART I
CHAPTER 1: Introducing Situational Analysis
PART II: SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS AS AN INTERPRETIVE METHOD
INTRODUCTION TO PART II
CHAPTER 2: Adele E. Clarke. (2019). "Situating Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis in Interpretive Qualitative Inquiry."
CHAPTER 3: Carrie Friese, Adele E. Clarke & Rachel Washburn. (2021). "Situational Analysis as Critical Pragmatist Interactionism."
CHAPTER 4: Carrie Friese. "Reflections on Using SA in a Large, Mixed-Methods Project: ‘Care as Science: The Role of Animal Husbandry in Translational Medicine.’"
CHAPTER 5: Richard Holtzman. (2019). "Mapping Policy Issues: A Simple, Active-Learning Exercise for Critical Thinking."
CHAPTER 6: Tanya E. Mudry, Vanessa Vegter, Tom Strong. "Creative Mapping Possibilities: Situational Analysis as a Resource for Counselling"
PART III: EXEMPLARS OF SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS RESEARCH WITH REFLECTIONS
INTRODUCTION TO PART III
PAPERS WITH REFLECTIONS BY AUTHORS IN EACH MAPPING CATEGORY
Multiple SA Maps in Same Study
CHAPTER 7: Sarah Glück (2018) "Making Energy Cultures Visible with Situational Analysis."
Sarah Glück "Reflections on Choreographing Messy and Complex Situations in Energy Research"
CHAPTER 8: Wanda Martin, Bernie Pauly, & Marjorie MacDonald. (2016). "Situational Analysis for Complex Systems: Methodological Development in Public Health Research."
Wanda Martin "Reflections on Why and How I Came to Use Situational Analysis"
Situational and/or Relational Map Focus
CHAPTER 9: Hanna Lempinen. (2018). "At the Margins of the Barents Energyscape."
Hanna Lempinen: "Reflections on (Doing) Situational Analysis at the Margins of International Relations"
Social Worlds/Arenas Map Focus
CHAPTER 10: Andres Felipe Valderrama Pineda. (2015). "Disabilities, the Design of Urban Transport Systems and the City: A Situational Analysis."
Andres Valderrama: "Reflections on Using Situational Analysis to Study Disabled Access to Public Transport"
CHAPTER 11: Gabriela Alonso Yanez, Kurt Thumlert & Suzanne de Castell (2016): "Re-Mapping Integrative Conservation: (Dis)-coordinate Participation in a Biosphere Reserve in Mexico."
Gabriela Alonso Yanez, Suzanne de Castell and Kurt Thumlert "Reflections on ‘Re-mapping Integrative Conservation: (Dis)coordinate Participation in a Biosphere Reserve in Mexico’"
Positional Maps Focus
CHAPTER 12: Michael Fisher. (2014). "PTSD in the U.S. Military, and the Politics of Prevalence."
Michael Fisher: "Reflections on Mapping Discourses of PTSD Prevalence"
A. Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis Websites
B. Recommended Readings About Situational Analysis Method
C. Selected Exemplars of Situational Analysis by Discipline
D. Selected Exemplars of Situational Analysis by Mapping Focus
ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Adele E. Clarke is Professor Emerita of Sociology and History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. Extending Grounded Theory, she developed Situational Analysis c. 2000. Rachel, Carrie and Adele have produced three books on this method. Clarke’s sociohistorical studies of science, technology and biomedicine were recognized by major awards.
Rachel Washburn is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Health and Society program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her research explores the politics of knowledge production in the environmental health sciences with a particular focus on human biomonitoring.
Carrie Friese is a medical sociologist and Associate Professor at London School of Economics. She works at the interface with science and technology studies and focuses substantively on reproduction across human and non-human animals. She has explored reproductive technologies that range from donor gametes for human infertility to cloning for species preservation and animal husbandry practices for laboratory animals.
"Situational Analysis in Practice 2e is a unique book on research method. By having scholars generously reflect on how they practice situational analysis, this book is an inspiring read. It shows how to think with the methodology as a creative process, from the spark of the initial research idea until dissemination."
Stine W. Adrian, Associate Professor in Techno-Anthropology, Aalborg University, Denmark
"This book teaches how to observe and listen to the world. It shows what can be gained by taking the time to listen to its rhythms and patterns, instead of fitting them into predetermined categories. It offers a method to do rigorous qualitative social science while being open to surprise."
Barbara Prainsack, Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis, University of Vienna
"Teaching qualitative methodologies in general and especially Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis, calls for published examples of good practice. Thus this book was always useful, and the second edition even more encompassing and instructive. It proves both the feasibility and the usefulness of mapping for perspectives, social worlds and discourse positions."
Jörg Strübing, Professor of Sociology, Universität Tübingen, Germany