Chapter Overviews

In Chapter Eight, An Integrative Approach to Data Analysis, building on our discussion of criticality in qualitative research design, we present key analytic frames that help to reconceptualize data analysis more critically by highlighting the formative, iterative, recursive, and ongoing value of developing intentionality around interpretation and formal analysis. We overview approaches to qualitative data analysis and suggest an integrative approach to data analysis that critically explores and addresses the interpretative power in/of analysis and the need for an ethical and critical stance on data analysis that respects participants and their lived experiences. The chapter then discusses data and theory integration and triangulation in qualitative data analysis and considers the need to actively recognize and address issues of interpretive authority and power asymmetries within qualitative data analysis. We provide specific ways to help you create the conditions to ongoingly seek out alternative perspectives through a variety of processes.