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Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research
Analyzing Life

Second Edition

February 2021 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life, Second Edition presents a fresh approach to teaching and learning qualitative methods for social inquiry—one that focuses on analysis from the very beginning of the text. By exploring qualitative research through a unique analytic lens, then cumulatively elaborating on methods in each successive chapter, this innovative work cultivates a skill set and literacy base that prepares readers to work strategically with empirical materials in their own fieldwork. Johnny Saldaña and Matt Omasta combine clear, accessible writing and analytic insight to show that analysis, in its broadest sense, is a process undertaken throughout the entire research experience. The Second Edition provides a number of updates including more on digital materials and methods, including sentiment analysis of social media data, and ethics in social media research.

Resources for instructors and students are available on a website to accompany the book at:
List of Displays
The Organization and Through-Line of the Book

The Coauthors’ Approach

To the Instructor

About the Authors
Part I. Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter 1. Introduction: Analyzing Life
Learning Objectives


Developing Fundamental Qualitative Analytic Skills

On Qualitative Data Analysis—and Life

Closure and Transition

Resources for an Introduction to Qualitative Analysis

Analytic Exercises

Sample Data for Analysis

Chapter 2. Analyzing Field Sites
Learning Objectives


On Culture

Observation Settings

The Observer’s Frames

Field Notes

Technical Matters of Fieldwork and Field Notes

Analyzing Observations of Social Life

Closure and Transition

Resources for Participant Observation

Analytic Exercises for Participant Observation

Sample Field Notes for Analysis

Chapter 3. Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials
Learning Objectives


On Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs

Analyzing Manifest and Latent Contents

The Materials and Meanings of Human Production

Analyzing Documents

Analyzing Artifacts

Analyzing Visual Images

Analyzing Digital Materials

The Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships in Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials

Closure and Transition

Resources for Analyzing Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials

Analytic Exercises for Documents, Artifacts, Visual Images, and Digital Materials

Sample Photograph

Chapter 4. Analyzing Interviews: Preparing, Conducting, and Transcribing
Learning Objectives


Types of Interviews

Participant Selection

Interview Preparation, Scheduling, and Arrangements

Asking Questions


Closure and Transition

Resources for Interviewing

Analytic Exercises for Interviewing

Chapter 5. Analyzing Interviews: Condensing and Coding
Learning Objectives


Interview Condensation

Analyzing Interviews Through Codes and Coding

Closure and Transition

Analytic Exercises for Interviewing

Sample Interview Transcript

Part II. Analyzing the Framework
Chapter 6. Analyzing Qualitative Methodologies
Learning Objectives


Theoretical Premises of Qualitative Research

A Rationale for Qualitative Research

Selected Methodologies of Qualitative Research and Analysis

Mixed Methods

On Genres

Closure and Transition

Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Research Methodologies

Analytic Exercises for Qualitative Research Methodologies

Supplemental Readings

Chapter 7. Analyzing Qualitative Research Design
Learning Objectives


Researching and Analyzing the Topic

Analyzing the Literature

Research Questions

Site Selection

Participant Selection

Data Collection Methods

Data Analysis Methods

Presentation Modes

Timeline Design

Conceptual Frameworks

Closure and Transition

Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Research Design

Analytic Exercises for Qualitative Research Design

Outline for a Qualitative Research Proposal

Chapter 8. Analyzing Research Ethics
Learning Objectives


The Rules of Research

Institutional Review Boards

Researcher and Participant Relationships

Ethics in Social Media Research

Analyzing Ethical Ambiguity

Closure and Transition

Resources for Research Ethics

Analytic Exercises for Research Ethics

Part III. Analytic Assemblage
Chapter 9. Analysis to Synthesis: Condensing, Patterning, and Unifying
Learning Objectives


On Synthesis

Condensing Large Amounts of Data

Patterning Textual, Visual, and Digital Materials

Unifying Seemingly Different Things

Closure and Transition

Analytic Exercises for Analysis to Synthesis

Chapter 10. Analysis to Synthesis: Understanding, Interpreting, and Theorizing
Learning Objectives


Understanding Social Processes of Human Action, Reaction, and Interaction

Interpreting the Routines, Rituals, Rules, Roles, and Relationships of Social Life



On Credibility and Trustworthiness

Closure and Transition

Resources for Analysis to Synthesis

Analytic Exercises for Analysis to Synthesis

Sample Data for Analysis to Synthesis

Chapter 11. Analytic Write-Ups
Learning Objectives


Stylistic Approaches to Research Writing

On Writing About the Major Elements of a Study

Journal Article Submission and Publication

Closure and Transition

Resources for Analytic Write-Ups

Analytic Exercises for Write-Ups

Sample Abstracts for Analysis

Chapter 12. Analytic Presentations and Professional Development
Learning Objectives


Paper Presentations

Poster Presentations

Dramatic/Staged Readings

Presenting Data Effectively

Professional Networking

Professional Development

Analysis as a Lens, Filter, and Angle on Life


Resources for Presenting Qualitative Research and Professional Development as a Qualitative Researcher

Analytic Exercises for Presentations and Professional Development


Johnny Saldana

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where he taught from 1981 to 2014. He received his BFA in Drama and English Education in 1976, and MFA in Drama Education in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin.Saldaña is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003); Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011); Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011); Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications, 2015... More About Author

Matt Omasta

Matt Omasta is Associate Professor and Theatre Education Program Director at Utah State University. He received his BA from Ithaca College, his MA from Emerson College, and his PhD from Arizona State University. He is the author of Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces (Routledge), Playwriting and Young Audiences (Intellect), and numerous articles in journals including Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Youth Theatre Journal, Theatre for Young Audiences Today, Theatre Topics, and the International Journal of Education and the Arts among others. Omasta's work... More About Author

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