Proximity and distance: phases of intersubjective qualitative data analysis in a research team

Proximity and distance: phases of intersubjective qualitative data analysis in a research team In qualitative field studies, researchers frequently deal with comprehending a multifaceted reality. Large quantities of data are collected for analysis at a later stage. Alternation between proximity and distance is a crucial mechanism in the analysis of qualitative data. This article’s aim is to make intersubjective analysis of qualitative data comprehensible through the investigation and description of phases and key components in a case of productive team co-operation. The argument is methodological, and addresses how empirical data can make a difference within a certain theoretical framework in analytical generalisation. Experiences from a case of intersubjective analysis work between four researchers are described and made sense of. Phases and key components are discussed. Close co-operation of a research team is suggested as a possibility in qualitative fieldwork and analysis. It is concluded that: (a) the idea of collectivity has hitherto been an underdeveloped possibility for qualitative research; (b) purposely intertwining data collection with analysis can be a powerful route for gaining reliable qualitative research; and (c) data analysis as close teamwork is promising as a means of keeping an openness to discoveries, thus gaining validity in the qualitative research endeavour. Coordinating with others in concentrated teamwork may defend the analytical task against other demands an academic post entails. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Proximity and distance: phases of intersubjective qualitative data analysis in a research team

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-012-9816-y
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Abstract

In qualitative field studies, researchers frequently deal with comprehending a multifaceted reality. Large quantities of data are collected for analysis at a later stage. Alternation between proximity and distance is a crucial mechanism in the analysis of qualitative data. This article’s aim is to make intersubjective analysis of qualitative data comprehensible through the investigation and description of phases and key components in a case of productive team co-operation. The argument is methodological, and addresses how empirical data can make a difference within a certain theoretical framework in analytical generalisation. Experiences from a case of intersubjective analysis work between four researchers are described and made sense of. Phases and key components are discussed. Close co-operation of a research team is suggested as a possibility in qualitative fieldwork and analysis. It is concluded that: (a) the idea of collectivity has hitherto been an underdeveloped possibility for qualitative research; (b) purposely intertwining data collection with analysis can be a powerful route for gaining reliable qualitative research; and (c) data analysis as close teamwork is promising as a means of keeping an openness to discoveries, thus gaining validity in the qualitative research endeavour. Coordinating with others in concentrated teamwork may defend the analytical task against other demands an academic post entails.

Journal

Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Dec 12, 2012

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