PART III Qualitative Research into Happiness/ Wellbeing: Methodological Innovations
PART I Qualitative Research into Happiness/ Wellbeing: Theories, Debates and Issues
PART II Qualitative Research into Happiness/ Wellbeing: Communities, Biographies and Identities
187 12 Qualitative data analysis Chapter summary This chapter includes: • Advice on preparing qualitative data • Information about coding qualitative data • Ways of analysing qualitative data including content analysis, thematic analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis • A real-life example of qualitative data analysis • An overview of data synthesis Introduction In one respect quantitative data analysis is more straightforward, because the data is always numerical – or in a form that can be converted into numbers, such as questionnaire responses
Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters, or violent conflict present numerous challenges for researchers. Faced with disruption, obstacles, and even danger to their own lives, researchers in times of crisis must adapt or redesign existing research methods in order to continue their work effectively.
Including contributions on qualitative and digital research from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, and the Americas, this volume explores the creative and thoughtful ways in which researchers have adapted methods and rethought relationships in response to challenges arising from crises. Their collective reflections, strategies, and practices highlight the importance of responsive, ethical, and creative research design and the need to develop methods for fostering mutual, reflexive, and healthy relationships in times of crisis.
, 2019 ). In terms of research paradigms, critical or interpretive approaches are the most suitable to investigations that favour subjective, qualitative studies of sense-making for individuals, communities and cultures (for more information see Bell and Thorpe, 2013 ; Bryman, Bell and Harley, 2019 ). Qualitative approaches Edward Sapir argued that the ‘true locus of culture is in the interactions of specific individuals, and, on the subjective side, in the world of meanings which each one of these individuals may unconsciously abstract for himself from his
This chapter focuses on the age-old debate in the social sciences about the primacy of methods and the relationship of our Pioneers to one of the main ideological battles blighting disciplines such as sociology. There are a variety of methods that are used in the social sciences to uncover different questions. They can be grouped into two main strands – qualitative methods (involving participant observation, structured in-depth interviews, unstructured interviews, and focus groups) and quantitative methods (such as secondary survey data analysis, and
339 Families, Relationships and Societies • vol 2 • no 3 • 339–54 • © Policy Press 2013 • #FRS Print ISSN 2046 7435 • Online ISSN 2046 7443 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674313X668569 Authenticity, work and change: a qualitative study on couple intimacy Luana Cunha Ferreira (email@example.com) Universites of Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal Isabel Narciso (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rosa Novo (email@example.com) University of Lisbon, Portugal Using the lenses of systemic family psychology and family sociology, this study explores the meanings of couple
Sociology and qualitative research into happiness/wellbeing There are always difficulties choosing cover images for books, particularly for one on wellbeing given the elastic, ephemeral nature of happiness. It is important for the image to be appealing, conveying something of the contents and attracting readers. Many happiness books employ banal symbols of fun, joy and leisure pursuits. Bright yellow covers, smiley emojis, dancers, beaches and mountains, fairgrounds and clowns all feature on recent texts. Such common-sense images of fun obscure the
109© The Policy Press • 2006 • ISSN 1744 2648 Key words systematic review • qualitative • critical appraisal • quality criteria Critically appraising qualitative research for systematic reviews: defusing the methodological cluster bombs Pamela Attree and Beth Milton English This article examines the place of qualitative research within systematic reviews as evidence for policy, discusses the critical appraisal process as applied to qualitative research, and gives illustrative examples of sound qualitative studies from the health policy field. A checklist is a