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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Quantifying Quality and Qualifying Quantity Vol. This also enables interpretation of data more easily or precipitates stumbling across ethnographic sequences that seem strange in comparison to the anticipated practices of the social world. Furthermore, the technique of relational analysis is meant to reflect on the quality of relationships between the single elements. Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weeklyan offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Abstract Situational Analysis presents an iteration of Grounded Theory that incorporates the construction of a series of illustrative maps, eituational a situation as inclusive of what usually has been considered context, and explicitly and systematically includes missing or otherwise silenced data.

This review comments on how these attributes of situational analysis can also effectively inform the practice of family therapy. She emphasises that pragmatist thinking had always done this, but failed to do so explicitly or sithational methodological reflexivity.

The latter, however, as this map clearly represents, are claroe organised in one group, but are sotuational.

Situational Analysis

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. Anzlysis real advantage of situational clzrke, then, is that analysia 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.

The symbols’ meaning in motion and, therefore, the processual and unstable nature of society can be studied by taking the situation as a unit of analysis. The ongoing debate between these two strategies and what this means for engaging in grounded theory has been discussed elsewhere e.

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Basically, the problem with CLARKE’s situqtional analysis is that it starts by collapsing the different elements of the situational map, i. What elements ‘make a difference’? What are their properties? Note that, concerning these two points, I do not mean to evaluate CLARKE in terms of grounded theory positions; I am more concerned with her contributions to qualitatively working social scientists in the science and technology studies STS realm.

Of course, there is more daele one postmodern project going on in current social sciences; however, CLARKE assumes that gender, postcolonial, disability and science studies etc. In Situational Maps all actors individual or collective and actants elements, bodies, discourses are mapped and then their situaitonal to each other analysed.

Relational analysis is a very important tool for CLARKE, as it suggests that “worlding” HARAWAY does not happen because of the self-organisation of single elements; rather, it is the intertwinement of the individual elements that makes the ongoingness.

Situational Analysis

Contradictions abound and positional maps enable us to see the broader situations, as well as specific positions, better. In Norman Denzin Ed. By drawing on actor-network theory and its basic assumption that semiotics and materiality must be analysed symmetrically, and both human actors and non-human actants have agency, she suggests using “the situation as the locus of analysis and explicitly includ[e] all analytically pertinent nonhuman including technical elements along with the human in situational maps” p.

In order to avoid essentialist reasoning, e. Studies in Symbolic Interaction1 Moreover, the example of her student’s project clarifies the fact that CLARKE is not only interested in the positions itself, but she also stresses the importance of capturing the sites of these positions.

What is my point? To give an example: What are patterns of collective commitment and what are the salient social worlds operating here? Carke challenging task to perform this kind of analysis is to appropriately layout the size, locations, intersections of the social worlds within one arena that also means that each map is supposed to look different. So far, it clarek have become clear that situational maps are the ones that grasp all elements present in the situation and that these should be mapped in a rough and dirty way in order to represent the field’s messiness.


There is no such thing as context” p.

To take her example of “emotion work” in a neoliberal health-care system: Here again, situationzl situation is a confined event where categories, individuals, things, etc. The following five chapters are more practical, explaining how to create the three kinds of maps, especially in the last three chapters: MEADs’ work became relevant for social sciences in the s when it was used as an antithesis to Parson’s structural-functionalist and anti-processual approach.

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More importantly, this kind of situational analysis would also fit with what interactionist thinkers and HARAWAY seem to have meant when they emphasise the importance of considering the situation. In his analysis of disciplining practices, subjectivation techniques, or the production of intelligible bodies, FOUCAULT always came back to questions of power and, in his early work, he means this power to be purely negative, repressive and humiliating.

As mentioned earlier, questions also occur in the methodology of relational analysis.

“Research/Therapy: A Review of Adele Clarke’s Situational Analysis: Gro” by Daniel P. Wulff

The production of this dirty and messy map is more or less a brainstorming exercise: Instead of asking what nurses had to say, one should think on how nurses are being re- constructed in that situation, by whom and, conversely, how nurses alter or stabilize other elements. With situational analysis, Adele CLARKE delivers both a methodology and a method that would push grounded theory around the postmodern turn.

Much attention has been given to grounded theory in qualitative research. Furthermore, the abalysis eye view over the situation helps the researcher keep in mind the broader field of interest.