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Title:
Thinking with theory in qualitative research : viewing data across multiple perspectives
Edition:
[1st ed.]
Publication Information:
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2012.
Physical Description:
xv, 150 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN:
9780415780995

9780415781008

9780203148037
Abstract:
"This book uses a common data set and utilizes various theoretical perspectives through which to view data. "Plugging in" the theory and the data produces a variety of readings through the application of these theorists and their concepts: - Derrida - Deconstruction - Spivak - Postcolonial Marginality - Foucault - Power/Knowledge - Butler - Performativity - Deleuze - Desire - Barad - Material Intra-activity By presenting detailed examples of how qualitative researchers can think about data and analysis differently given these various frames and concepts, the authors demonstrate how to produce different knowledge from their work. It challenges qualitative researchers to use theory to accomplish a rigorous, analytic reading of qualitative data. Thinking With Theory In Qualitative Research pushes against traditional qualitative data analysis: mechanistic coding, reducing data to themes, and writing up transparent narratives that do little to critique the complexities of social life; such simplistic approaches preclude dense and multi-layered treatment of data. The authors show that "thinking with theory" pushes research and data and theory to its exhaustion in order to produce knowledge differently. By refusing a closed system for fixed meaning (i.e., transferable patterns and themes generated from coding data with reductive language), the authors engage a new analytics to keep meaning on the move. The result is an extension of thought beyond an easy sense. Special features of the book include schematic cues to help guide the reader through what might be new theoretical terrain, interludes that explain the possibilities of thinking with a particular concept and theorist, detailed chapters that plug the same data set into a specific concept, and lists of suggested readings"-- Provided by publisher.
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Winner of the 2013 American Educational Studies Association's Critics Choice Award!

Thinking With Theory In Qualitative Research shows how to use various philosophical concepts in practices of inquiry; effectively opening up the process of data analysis in qualitative research. It uses a common data set and utilizes various theoretical perspectives through which to view the data. It challenges qualitative researchers to use theory to accomplish a rigorous, analytic reading of qualitative data. "Plugging in" the theory and the data produces a variety of readings applying various theorists and their concepts, including:

Derrida - Deconstruction Spivak ¿ Postcolonial Marginality Foucault - Power/Knowledge Butler - Performativity Deleuze ¿ Desire Barad ¿ Material Intra-activity

Thinking With Theory In Qualitative Research pushes against traditional qualitative data analysis such as mechanistic coding, reducing data to themes, and writing up transparent narratives. These do little to critique the complexities of social life; such simplistic approaches preclude dense and multi-layered treatment of data. It shows that "thinking with theory" pushes research and data and theory to its exhaustion in order to produce knowledge differently. By refusing a closed system for fixed meaning, a new analytic is engaged to keep meaning on the move. The result is an extension of thought beyond an easy sense.

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Special features of the book include schematic cues to help guide the reader through what might be new theoretical terrain, interludes that explain the possibilities of thinking with a particular concept and theorist and detailed chapters that plug the same data set into a specific concept. This vital tool will help researchers understand and fully utilize their powers of data analysis and will prove invaluable to both students and experienced researchers across all of the social sciences.


Author Notes

Alecia Y. Jackson is Associate Professor at the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University, USA. She is co-editor with Lisa Mazzei of Voice in Qualitative Inquiry (Routledge).

Lisa A. Mazzei is Associate Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, USA. She is also Visiting Research Fellow at the Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is co-editor with Alecia Jackson of Voice in Qualitative Inquiry (Routledge), and author of Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Research.