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Jamie Harding
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18 Feb 2013 0857021397 978-0857021397
Are you new to qualitative research? Are you planning to do interviews or focus groups and wondering what on earth you'll do with the data once it's collected? Do you have a pile of transcripts staring at you right now and are you lost as to how to identify themes, code your data and work out what it all means?

Fear not, help is here! In this brilliant new book, Jamie Harding breaks down the process of analysing qualitative data into simple, retraceable steps. After providing some top tips for designing your research and collecting your data, he takes you through the different stages of analysis, from the first reading of your transcripts, to presenting your findings in a report or dissertation. For each stage of the process there are demonstrations using real data and exercises for you to perform yourself. He unpicks what happens behind the scenes in qualitative data analysis - the bit that's hard to learn without seeing it happen and trying it for yourself. While acknowledging that there are many different forms that qualitative data analysis can take, the book provides a series of ideas and examples that you will find invaluable when analysing your own data.

This book is perfect for all social science students who are struggling with data analysis and are looking for someone to guide the way.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (18 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857021397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857021397
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a comprehensive and authoritative account of the drivers for and the processes involved in qualitative analysis. Jamie Harding has managed to provide an instructive account of methods of data collection and analysis that is consistently rich in example and illustration. A valuable compass for those learning about and engaging in qualitative research.
Gabe Mythen
Reader in Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK


This book is an ideal companion that provides key principles, methods and practical tips throughout the qualitative research process. Its personal tone, well chosen examples and exercises will make it an easy-to-use-guide and reference for students as well as a good source for lecturers.
Simon Güntner
Professor of Social Sciences/Social Policy, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Qualitative Data Analysis from Start to Finish is destined to become the standard reference for qualitative research. Jamie Harding's book is thorough, sophisticated, and clear. The book excels in explaining various methods and in framing them from a broader theoretical perspective. It will be indispensable for students and practitioners alike.
Alex Schwartz
Associate Professor of Urban Policy, The New School, US


Jamie Harding's excellent guide to the generation and analysis of qualitative data provides the clear, comprehensive and accessible text that will be invaluable to doctoral candidates and early career researchers embarking on qualitative social research. They have been asking me for just such a text for decades! .
Robin Humphrey
Reader, and Director of Postgraduate Research Training, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University

About the Author

Jamie Harding received his PhD from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been employed at Northumbria University since 1995, first as a Lecturer in Housing Studies and more recently as a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the Department of Social Sciences. Before moving into higher education he worked for a number of social housing organisations.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A very easy to read book but very insightful 30 Dec 2013
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This is one book to have as it is very easy to read and it provides an insight into qualitative data analysis processes. It is simply one book I recommend for anyone who really wants to get to understand the practical and theoretical aspects of managing qualitative data - it's simply as it says 'Qualitative data analysis from start to finish'. I believe that this book has made all the difference in my understanding of the intricate details of how to analyse qualitative data.
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Useful text for the analysis of qualitative data
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