Analyzing Qualitative Data: Systematic Approaches

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H. Russell Bernard, Gery W. Ryan
SAGE Publications, 2010 - Social Science - 451 pages
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Congratulations to H. Russell Bernard, who was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences

This book does what few others even attempt to survey a wide range of systematic analytic approaches. I commend the authors for both their inclusiveness and their depth of treatment of various tasks and approaches. Judith Preissle, University of Georgia

I appreciate the unpretentious tone of the book. The authors provide very clear instructions and examples of many different ways to collect and analyze qualitative data and make it clear that there is no one correct way to do it. Cheryl Winsten-Bartlett, North Central University

The analytical methodologies are laid out very well, and I will definitely utilize the book with students regarding detailed information and steps to conduct systematic and rigorous data analysis. Dorothy Aguilera, Lewis & Clark College

This book introduces readers to systematic methods for analyzing qualitative data. Unlike other texts, it covers the extensive range of available methods so that readers become aware of the array of techniques beyond their individual disciplines. Part I is an overview of the basics. Part II comprises 11 chapters, each treating a different method for analyzing text. Real examples from the literature across the health and social sciences provide invaluable applied understanding.

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About the author (2010)

H. Russell Bernard is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus at the University of Florida. He served as editor of the American Anthropologist and Human Organization. He is co-founder (with Pertti Pelto and Stephen Borgatti) of the Cultural Anthropology Methods journal (1989), which became Field Methods in 1999. The five editions of his methods text Research Methods in Anthropology (AltaMira 2006) and his general research methods text Social Research Methods (Sage 2012), have been used by tens of thousands of students. Bernard co-founded (with Pelto) and co-directed (with Pelto and Borgatti) the National Science Foundation's Institute on Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology and has done fieldwork in Greece, Mexico, and the U.S.A. His publications include (with Jesús Salinas Pedraza) Native Ethnography: A Otomí Indian Describes His Culture (Sage, 1989). Bernard is known as well for his work, with Peter Killworth, Eugene Johnsen, Christopher McCarty, and Gene A. Shelley, on network analysis, including work on the network scale-up method for estimating hard-to-count populations. In 2010, Bernard was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Ryan is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He specializes in applying systematic methods to qualitative research, and designing tools to evaluate attitudes and beliefs about health and education topics. Dr. Ryan received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida.

Dr. Ryan has taught graduate courses in advanced ethnographic methods and text analysis, and has run qualitative workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has over 10 years experience conducting and analyzing focus group and semi-structured interviews and running methods seminars in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Dr. Ryan was a co-editor of Cultural Anthropology Methods Journal (1993-1998) and is currently on the editorial boards of Field Methods and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. At RAND, he has worked on large projects that examine linkages (or lack of linkages) within and between healthcare organizations. These include two NIMH-funded projects that examine networks of care among mental health and physical health providers for people with HIV/AIDS and serious mental illness; and an NCCAM-funded project that uses a multi-stakeholder analysis of how a center for complementary medicine has integrated into a Los Angeles medical center.

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