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Doing excellent social research with documents : practical examples and guidance for qualitative researchers

Author: Aimee Grant
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; NewYork, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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In today’s society we increasingly create and consume written content and images. This includes a range of sources, from social media posts to records held within organisations, and everything in between, including news articles, blogs, shopping lists and official government documents. Critically reading these ‘documents’ can help us to understand a huge amount about society. Doing Excellent Social Research with  Read more...
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Grant, Aimee.
Doing excellent social research with documents.
Abingdon, Oxon ; NewYork, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2018025981
(OCoLC)1039611279
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aimee Grant
ISBN: 9781315177274 1315177277 9781351709897 1351709895 9781351709903 1351709909
OCLC Number: 1053888301
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Detailed Table of Contents; List of figures; List of tables; List of boxes; Foreword; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1 Introduction: documents, documents everywhere; Summary; Is this book for me?; Documents, documents everywhere!; Exercise: considering your interaction with documents; Why there is a need for this book; Structure of the book; Outline of chapters; Section I: Documents found in isolation from their authors; Section II: Documents as an addition to existing qualitative research methods; Conclusion Feedback is always welcome2 How to do excellent research with documents: general principles; Summary; Key learning points; Documents and everyday life; So, what is a document?; How documents are created and used; Theorising the everyday use of documents: Actor Network Theory; Quality and bias within found documents; Quality and bias within researcher-influenced documents; Practical tips for your research with documents; Identifying a research topic and writing research questions; Selecting a sample; Time and financial considerations; Ethical concerns; Good data management; Analysis techniques Disseminating your findingsMaximising impact; Conclusion; SECTION I: Documents found in isolation from their authors; 3 Traditional media: investigating the construction of societal norms; Summary; Key learning points; Background: news media, society and research; The print media; News as a data source, quality and bias; The media creation of moral panics; News media, prejudice and misreporting; News media as a (potential) agent of change; The continuing importance of the media in the digital age; London Riots case study; Context; Research design Analysis technique: interpretive thematic analysisLondon Riots case study: data analysis; Findings; Discussion; Challenges of undertaking research with news articles; Exercise: using thematic analysis; Instructions; Data; 4 Historical and official documents: moving beyond simple interpretations; Summary; Key learning points; Background 1: historical documents; The use of historical documents in research; Quality and bias in historical documents; Background 2: contemporary official documents; The use of official documents in research; Quality and bias in official documents Welfare reform case studyContext; Research design; Analysis technique: CDA; Welfare reform case study: data analysis; Discussion; Challenges in undertaking research with historical and official documents; Exercise: using CDA; Instructions; Data; 5 Documents created by individuals: collection and analysis of multi-modal content; Summary; Key learning points; Background: individually created documents, understanding meaning and research; Offline documents, research, quality and bias; Online documents, research, quality and bias; Shisha and social media case study; Context; Research design
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In today’s society we increasingly create and consume written content and images. This includes a range of sources, from social media posts to records held within organisations, and everything in between, including news articles, blogs, shopping lists and official government documents. Critically reading these ‘documents’ can help us to understand a huge amount about society. Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents includes guidance on how to ‘read between the lines’, and provides an overview of six research projects which use documents as data.The substantive chapters are organised in two sections, with each chapter focused on a specific type of data. Section one focuses on documents that are found in isolation from their authors, including official and historical documents, traditional media, diaries and online content. Section two focuses on using documents in addition to existing data from primary research, including the role of documents in ethnography and visual research methods. In each chapter, you will be guided through the process of: Developing research questions, and how this impacts on which documents are selected; Considering aspects of bias and quality within the documentary sources; Undertaking analysis using six different strategies including thematic analysis, framework analysis, content analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis. Drawing on research projects which reflect real world situations, you will be methodically guided through the research process in detail, enabling you to examine and understand the practices and value of a range of documentary analysis approaches. Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents is a practical how-to guide for students (final year undergraduates onwards) and researchers using documents as data.

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