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Jacobs, Thomas; Tschötschel, Robin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Quantitative text analysis tools have become increasingly popular methods for the operationalization of various types of discourse analysis. However, their application usually remains fairly simple and superficial, and fails to exploit the resources which the digital era holds for discourse analysis to their full extent. This paper discusses the…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Discourse Analysis, Scaling
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Airoldi, Massimo – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Qualitative researchers struggle to study the transient fields of social network sites like Twitter through conventional ethnographic approaches. This paper suggests that, in order to step further, we should distinguish between the relatively stable 'contextual' fields of bounded online communities and the fluid, 'meta-fields' resulting from the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Social Media, Internet, Metadata
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Weishaar, Heide; Amos, Amanda; Collin, Jeff – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Social network analysis (SNA), a method which can be used to explore networks in various contexts, has received increasing attention. Drawing on the development of European smoke-free policy, this paper explores how a mixed-method approach to SNA can be utilised to investigate a complex policy network. Textual data from public documents,…
Descriptors: Smoking, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Foreign Countries