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Making thinking visible with Atlas.ti : computer assisted qualitative analysis as textual practices

Denken mit Atlas.ti sichtbar machen: computer-unterstützte qualitative Datenanalyse als textuelle Praxis
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Konopasek, Zdenek

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Abstract 'How is a new quality of reading, which we call 'sociological understanding', created during the process of qualitative analysis? A methodological (conventional) answer to this question usually speaks of mental processes and conceptual work. This paper suggests a different view - sociological rather than methodological; or more precisely a view inspired by a contemporary sociology of science. It describes qualitative analysis as a set of material practices. Taking grounded theory methodology and the work with the computer programme Atlas.ti as an example, it is argued that thinking is inseparable from doing even in this domain. It is argued that by adopting the suggested perspective we might be better able to speak of otherwise hardly graspable processes of qualitative analysis in more accountable and instructable ways. Further, software packages would be better understood not only as 'mere tools' for coding and retrieving, but also as complex virtual environments for embodied and practice-based knowledge making. Finally, grounded theory methodology might appear in a somewhat different light: when described not in terms of methodological or theoretical concepts but rather in terms of what we practically do with the analysed data, it becomes perfectly compatible with the radical constructivist, textualist, or even post-structuralist paradigms of interpretation (from which it has allegedly departed by a long way).' (author's abstract)|
Keywords interpretation; data; analysis; software; constructivism; qualitative method; reality; visualization; grounded theory; thinking; paradigm; sociology of knowledge; coding
Classification Research Design; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Sociology of Knowledge
Method applied research; basic research; theory application
Free Keywords Computer-unterstützte qualitative Datenanalyse; Textualität; Lesen und Schreiben; Mensch und Maschine
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 276-298
Journal Historical Social Research, Supplement (2007) 19
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works