Analysing complexity: developing a modified phenomenological hermeneutical method of data analysis for multiple contexts

Debra A. Morgan

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Abstract

Qualitative data analysis has been criticised for a lack of credibility over recent years when vagueness has been afforded to the reporting of how findings are attained. In response, there has been a growing body of literature emphasising a need to detail methods of qualitative data analysis. This paper adds to this body of knowledge by presenting a reflexive narrative review of the development of a modified version of the ‘phenomenological hermeneutical method for interpreting interview texts’. This modification permits greater transparency when dealing with data that relates to multiple contexts. A visual model to represent this modified approach is also presented. Additionally, an exploration of the underpinning theoretical basis to this data analysis method, and modification, is provided. Accordingly, this paper demonstrates this modified qualitative data analysis method ensures that subjective relativistic origins and contexts of interpretations are identifiable, whilst permitting full objectification of the text.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Early online date3 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2021

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