Data Management and Analysis Methods

Published in: Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd Ed. / Norman Densin and Yvonna Lincoln, Eds. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000), p. 769-802

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1999

by Gery W. Ryan, H. Russell Bernard

This chapter is about methods for managing and analyzing qualitative data. By qualitative data the authors mean text: newspapers, movies, sitcoms, e-mail traffic, folktales, life histories. They also mean narratives--narratives about getting divorced, about being sick, about surviving hand-to-hand combat, about selling sex, about trying to quit smoking. In fact, most of the archaeologically recoverable information about human thought and human behavior is text, the good stuff of social science.

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