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Microcomputer Applications in Qualitative Research
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Microcomputer Applications in Qualitative Research


Volume: 14
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Qualitative Research

88 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Microcomputer Applications in Qualitative Research critically surveys the many ways microcomputers and programmes can be used to further qualitative social research. The author focuses on the liabilities and benefits of using this technology for research purposes and provides a generic, conceptual approach rather than a how-to guide to specific computers and programmes. Underlying every chapter is the conviction that microcomputer technology can only be useful in qualitative studies if its limitations, including its potentially negative or constraining impact, are kept in mind. The impact of microcomputer technology on qualitative research is considered in its relation to society as a whole.
 
Introduction
 
Technology in Qualitative Research
An Overview

 
 
Field Notes
Strategies for the Storage and Retrieval of Textual Data

 
 
Automatic Data Analysis
 
Knowledge-Based Strategies

Bryan Pfaffenberger

In 1985, convinced that technology represented an area ripe for social analysis, I resigned a tenured position in anthropology in order to take a tenure-track job in the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. The School's Dean, a distinguished material scientist named Ed Starke, encouraged me to pursue two goals in my research: first, to persuade my colleagues in anthropology to study technology, and second, to bring anthropological theory to technology studies. The risky move proved to be a wise one: I was tenured in 1990, joining what must be a very small club (namely, those who have received tenure in two... More About Author

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