This book provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to situational analysis of qualitative data. Adele E Clarke personally created the situational. Adele E. Clarke – University of California – San Francisco, USA; Carrie Friese – London The Second Edition of Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the . UPCOMING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP WELCOME to Adele Clarke’s website established to support my book, Situational.

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In Donna Haraway Ed. The Qualitative Report13 3 To take the above mentioned example of CLARKE’s situstional, whose research project Figure 5 describes, this map helps to contextualise the nurses and define which social worlds cluster around the hospital arena—all on behalf of the patients. Here the open question occurs, where should one stop?

Situational Analysis

In Norman Denzin Ed. Instead of asking what nurses had to say, one should think on how nurses are being re- constructed in that situation, by whom and, conversely, how nurses alter or stabilize other elements.

I do not focus that much on the tips CLARKE gives on how to produce these maps, but more on two other techniques that should be applied in situational mapping.

First, the definition of situation and second, as already stated above, the understanding of relational analysis. The classification system clarme an ordered version of situational maps [ 15 ].

Volume 1, Issue 6. Comments Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weeklyan offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Both seek to create a kind of grounded theory that avoids these “positivist underpinnings to form a revised, more open-ended practice of grounded theory that stresses its mergent, constructivist elements” p. To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately, you may Download the file to your hard drive.

Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weeklyan offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Relational analysis is a very important tool for CLARKE, as it suggests that “worlding” HARAWAY does not happen because of the self-organisation of single elements; rather, it is the intertwinement of the individual elements that makes the ongoingness.


According to him, a situation is the moment where people produce common meanings of symbols in interaction BLUMER,p.

I will go into this point in more detail below. The real advantage of situational analysis, then, is that it provokes researchers to come into the material more deeply and enables them to analyse practice or, how she calls it, the “doingness of life” p. As stated above, this is a critique of a social scientist working ethnographically who is arguing that CLARKE might not engage enough in small-range analysis. Quantifying Quality and Qualifying Quantity.

Her rhetoric is auspicious and the offered solution very elegant, however, it is not necessarily congruent with the epistemologies of the thought styles she uses.

Quantifying Quality and Qualifying Quantity Vol. In postessentialist thinking, it would be wrong to speak of “individuals” as this would ignore these multiple identities and the multiple ways of being, say, Donna HARAWAY.

This paper has been reworked in the assiduous discussion of the “laboratory social and cultural anthropology of the life-sciences” at the Dept. In further analysis, it may also become clear that some groups or individuals do not only stand for one position, but, on the contrary, they contradict themselves by taking in two or more point of views.

This also means that the standard techniques of grounded theory should be applied to her suggested method.

What are their perspectives and what do they hope to achieve through their collective action? I will conclude with a short discussion on epistemological problems that might occur in the method and—eventually—the main advantages that I see when applying situational analysis 1 in research. Situational Analysis presents an iteration of Grounded Theory that incorporates the construction of a series of illustrative maps, conceptualizes a situation as inclusive of what usually has been considered context, and explicitly and systematically includes missing or otherwise silenced data.


The challenging task to perform this kind of analysis is to appropriately layout the size, locations, intersections of the social worlds within one arena that also means that each map is supposed to look different.

Situational Analysis

According to her, maps enable “relational analyses, [are] excellent ‘devices to materialize questions’ […they are] great boundary objects—devices for handling multiplicity, heterogeneity, and messiness in ways that can travel”p. What is made invisible when we do not map them in?

HARAWAY is not that far away from this understanding; as I read her, situated knowledge means that all kinds of knowledges, significantly the scientific ones, are produced by individuals or groups adlee at different sites and embedded in different networks. FOUCAULT’s work on the panopticon adelle the medical gaze, for example, used an accusatory language that basically showed how non-innocent the world is. Der methodologische Standort des Symbolischen Interaktionismus.

However, while engaging in this analytical exercise, the ontological different elements are sorted into a conservative classification system. If, say, McDonalds was an element in your situation of inquiry, there might be different symbolic meanings clustering around it e.

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With situational analysis, Adele CLARKE delivers both a methodology and a method that would push grounded theory around the postmodern turn. Dogs, people, and significant otherness. Obviously, it would be unfair to call this an ordered map; on the contrary, it is consciously kept messy as “too anlysis order provokes premature closure, a particular hazard with grounded theory” p.

Furthermore, the technique of relational analysis is meant to reflect on the quality of relationships between the single elements.