This essay explores our journey to a new comparative qualitative data analysis and writing method. In attempting to compare our separate qualitative youth work-life research, our analysis was stymied by traditional qualitative coding, writing conventions, and comparison norms. Our comparative research literature review revealed restrictions for our goals and ultimately inspired our new analysis and writing method called a “comparative constructed focus group.” We use a post-coding approach to connect participants in communication via a retrospectively constructed focus group and subsequent researcher dialogue. Our method enriches qualitative analysis and comparative writing by surfacing richer nuances and departures in participants’ communication and creates future potential for intersectional analysis.
Reimagining Qualitative Analysis and Writing via a Comparative Constructed Focus Group Method
Elizabeth K. Eger is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University. Her communication research and pedagogy examine how we understand ourselves and others in relationship to work and how difference structures our lives, organizations, work, and health. Her ethnographic research explores difference-based organizations working for intersectional justice, including a transgender outreach center and a computing program for girls of color. Correspondence to: Elizabeth K. Eger, Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Amy K. Way is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Villanova University. Her community-engaged research and teaching considers the organization of youth identities, specifically the discourses that constitute young people’s work and lives in various organizational contexts, while exploring innovative qualitative epistemologies. Correspondence to: Amy K. Way, Department of Communication, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Elizabeth K. Eger, Amy K. Way; Reimagining Qualitative Analysis and Writing via a Comparative Constructed Focus Group Method. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 23 September 2020; 9 (3): 78–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.3.78
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