Group Analysis in Practice: Narrative Approaches

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Phoenix, A, Brannen, J, Elliot, H, Smithson, J, Morris, P, Smart, C, Barlow, A and Bauer, E (2016). Group Analysis in Practice: Narrative Approaches. Forum: Qualitative Social Research / Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung. 17 (2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-17.2.2391
AuthorsPhoenix, A, Brannen, J, Elliot, H, Smithson, J, Morris, P, Smart, C, Barlow, A and Bauer, E
Abstract

Working in groups is increasingly regarded as fruitful for the process of analyzing qualitative data. It has been reported to build research skills, make the analytic process visible, reduce inequalities and social distance particularly between researchers and participants, and broaden and intensify engagement with the material. This article contributes to the burgeoning literature on group qualitative data analysis by presenting a worked example of a group data analysis of a short extract from an interview on serial migration from the Caribbean to the UK. It describes the group's working practices and the different analytic resources drawn upon to conduct a narrative analysis. We demonstrate the ways in which an initial line-by-line analysis followed by analysis of larger extracts generated insights that would have been less available to individual researchers. Additionally, we discuss the positioning of group members in relation to the data and reflect on the porous boundary between primary and secondary analysis of qualitative data.

Keywordsnarrative analysis; group analysis; reflective analysis; line-by-line analysis; primary and secondary analysis; qualitative analysis; conversation analysis
Year2016
JournalForum: Qualitative Social Research / Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung
Journal citation17 (2)
PublisherInstitut für Qualitative Forschung
ISSN1438-5627
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-17.2.2391
Web address (URL)http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/2391/3978
Funder/ClientEconomic and Social Research Council
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Print02 May 2016
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Deposited10 Aug 2016
Accepted31 Mar 2016
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With grateful thanks to the participants, without whose generosity in sharing their stories, the study would not have been possible. We are also pleased to acknowledge funding of the NOVELLA research node from the Economic and Social Research Council that enabled engagement with methodological, theoretical and substantive issues.

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