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Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research / Edition 1

Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research / Edition 1

by Nigel G. Fielding, Raymond LeeNigel G. Fielding


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The use of computers in qualitative research has redefined the way social researchers handle qualitative data. Two leading researchers in the field have written this lucid and accessible text on the principal approaches in qualitative research and show how the leading computer programs are used in computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS).

The authors examine the advantages and disadvantages of computer use, the impact of research resources and the research environment on the research process, and the status of qualitative research. They provide a framework for developing the craft and practice of CAQDAS and conclude by examining the latest techniques and their implications for the evolution of qualitative resear

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803974838
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/29/1998
Series: New Technologies for Social Research series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Nigel G. Fielding, BA (Sussex) MA (Kent) Ph D (LSE), is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His interests in research methodology include mixed methods, qualitative software, interview methods, field observation, and digitally mediated fieldwork. He has authored/edited 24 books, many in research methodology, most recently the second edition of the Handbook of online research methods (SAGE, 2017, with Grant Blank and Ray Lee).

Raymond M. Lee is an Emeritus Professor of Social Research Methods at Royal Holloway University of London. He has written extensively about a range of methodological topics. These include the problems and issues involved in research on “sensitive” topics, research in physically dangerous environments, the use of unobtrusive measures, and the role of new technologies in the research process. His current research focuses on the historical development of interviewing techniques.

Table of Contents

Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research
Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis
Why Use Computers in Qualitative Research?
Managing Data in CAQDAS
Analytic Pathologies
Manipulating Coding Categories
Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research
New Directions
The Evolution of Qualitative Data Analysis

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