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Open coding

The first coding of qualitative data that examines the data to condense them into preliminary analytic categories or codes.


Axian coding

A second stage of coding of qualitative data during which the researcher organized the does, links them, and discovers key analytic categories.


Selective coding

the last stage in docing qualitative data that examines previous does to edentify and select data that will support the conceptual docing categories that were developed.



An aspect of qualitative data analysis that recognizes some event or feature as representing deeper structural relations.


Successive approximation

A method of qualitative data analysis that repeatedly moves back and forth between the emprical data and the abstract concepts, theories, or models, adjusth theory and fefining data collection each time.


Illustrative method

A method of qualitative data analysis that thake theoretical concepts and treats them as empty boxes to be filled with specific empirical exam;les and descriptions.


Empty boxes

the conceptual categories in an explanation used as part of the illustrative method.


Domain analysis

A method of qualitative data analysis that describes and reveals the structure of a cultural domain.


Cultural domain

A cultural setting or site in which people regularly interact and develop a set of shared understandings or "miniculture" that can be analyzed.


Folk domain

A cultural are based on the argot and categories used by the people being studied in a field site.


Mixed domain

A cultural are that combines the argot and categories of members under study with categories developed by a researcher for analysis.


Analytic domain

A cultural are developed by a researcher using categories or tems that he or she developed to understand a social setting.


Analytic comparison

Qualitative data anlysis technique that uses the method of agreement and the method of difference to discovercasual facttors that affect an outcome amond a set of cases.


Method of agreement

A method of qualitative data analysis that compares characteristics that are similar across cases that share a significant outcome.


Method of difference

A method of qualitative data analysis that compares characteristics among cases in shich some share a significant outcome but others do not; focuses on the differences amont cases.


Narative analysis

Both a type of historical writing that tells a story and a type of qualitative data analysis that presents a chronologiccally linked chain of events in which individual or collective social actors have an important role.


Path dependency

An analytic idea used in narrative analysis to explaint a process or chain of events as having a beginning that triggers a strucures sequence tso that the chain of events follows an identifiabletrajectory over time.



Dividing the flow of time in social relity into segmens or periods; a field researcher might discover parts or periods in an ongoing process (e.g., typical day, yearly cycle).


Historical contingency

An analytic idea in narrative analysis that explains a process, event, or situation by referring to the specific conbination of factors that cane together in a particular time and place.


Negative case method

A qualitative data analysis that focuese on a case that does not conform to theoretical expectations and uses detainsfrom that case to refine theory.


Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA)

Qualitative data analysis and computer software base on Boolean logic that examines combinations of explanatory factors and various outcome measures to help a researcher identify comples, contingent causal relations.


Event-structure analysis (ESA)

Qualitative data analysis ofetn conducted with computer software that forces a researcher to specify the links among a sequesnce of many events; it clarifies casual relationships by asking whether one event logically had to follow another or just happened to follow it.