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6 - Analysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2019

John Boswell
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
Jack Corbett
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
R. A. W. Rhodes
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
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We explain, and illustrate with examples drawn from our own work, how interpretive researchers analyse comparative data. We argue that a comparative project compounds the uncertainty, confusion and paralysis that can set in when confronted with a 'mountain' of qualitative data. We argue it is not possible to 'somehow capture' this full complexity. We outline and defend the need for a consciously impressionistic orientation to data analysis. Rather than searching for a ‘Eureka!’ moment that confirms or refutes a narrow theory (in naturalist mode) or makes sense of the whole picture (in idiographic mode), a comparative focus on dilemmas enables the use of a kaleidoscope of different analytical lenses and tools to explore complex specificness in context. We outline rules of thumb for helping along the way.

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Print publication year: 2019

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  • Analysis
  • John Boswell, University of Southampton, Jack Corbett, University of Southampton, R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Art and Craft of Comparison
  • Online publication: 10 October 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108561563.006
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  • Analysis
  • John Boswell, University of Southampton, Jack Corbett, University of Southampton, R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Art and Craft of Comparison
  • Online publication: 10 October 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108561563.006
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  • Analysis
  • John Boswell, University of Southampton, Jack Corbett, University of Southampton, R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Art and Craft of Comparison
  • Online publication: 10 October 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108561563.006
Available formats
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