This book provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to situational analysis of qualitative data. Adele E Clarke personally created the situational. Adele E. Clarke – University of California – San Francisco, USA; Carrie Friese – London The Second Edition of Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the . UPCOMING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP WELCOME to Adele Clarke’s website established to support my book, Situational.

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More importantly, this kind of situational analysis would also fit with what interactionist thinkers naalysis HARAWAY seem to have meant when they emphasise the importance of considering the situation. These chapters clarify in more detail the described epistemological roots and the approaches which need to be incorporated in order to constitute a new, broader kind of discourse analysis. The real advantage of situational analysis, then, is that arele provokes researchers to come into the material more deeply and enables them to analyse practice or, how she calls it, the “doingness of life” p.

Situational Analysis

As stated above, this is a critique of a social scientist working ethnographically who is arguing that CLARKE might not engage enough in small-range analysis. What elements ‘make a difference’? Making a Mess with Situational Analysis? It allows the researcher to make claims on interactions and power-relations and also includes actors that might have other perspectives.

It is more important to note that maps like these not only grasp the range of positions, but also capture what is not articulated; this may then provide a key to understanding the nature of the situation. This is also similar to BLUMER’s thesis that the meaning of symbols is permanently re- produced; that nothing is finished and closed forever, but reshaped in everyday interactions.


This is not to say that these maps should remain like this; rather, maps should be done in each phase of the study in order to achieve some theoretical sensitivity over time and make the research process more transparent.

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Situational Analysis

Her rhetoric is auspicious and the offered solution very elegant, however, it is not necessarily congruent with the epistemologies of the thought styles she uses. Grounded theory, CLARKE’s starting point, is stuck in a modernist world-view, particularly by looking too much for a pure and oversimplified “basic social process”. The ongoing debate between these two strategies and what this means for engaging in grounded theory has been discussed elsewhere e.

Quantifying Quality and Qualifying Quantity Vol. It first looks at what elements exist and then analyses how these can be brought in relation to each other. This, again, is an open question.

This possibly allows the researcher “to articulate doubts and complexities where heretofore things had appeared ‘unnaturally’ pat, sure, and simple” CLARKE, p. Adee can see as stated in the previous section the insertion of the new, postmodern roots: In order to avoid essentialist reasoning, e.

To take the above mentioned example of CLARKE’s student, whose research project Figure 5 describes, this map helps to contextualise the nurses and define which social worlds cluster around the hospital arena—all on behalf of the patients.

In Arbeitsgruppe Bielefelder Soziologen Eds. What is made invisible when we do not map them in?

This review essay argues that even though there remain some uncertainties in engaging in this epistemological hybrid, situational analysis provides a very good instrument for researchers to come into their material more deeply and, therefore, is a convincing tool for practice-oriented social science working with qualitative methods.


I will go into this point in more detail below.

For this she draws on examples from her own work or student projects, i. The social worlds framework: The classification system for an ordered version of situational maps [ 15 ].

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately, you may Download the file to your hard drive. For the purpose of this essay, however, it is important to know that CLARKE is explicitly following the STRAUSSian vision, because this strategy, so her argument goes, is the one that because of its roots in pragmatism has always looked around the postmodern turn in the road.

This might lead to the assumption that I am engaging in the above mentioned situation-context dichotomy.

A social worlds perspective. Basically, the problem with CLARKE’s relational analysis is that it starts by collapsing the different elements of the situational map, i. Why, then, should grounded theory be re-thought? The potential of a research book to inform a clinical practice is an exciting development in advancing interdisciplinary studies and its related applications in the world.

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