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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It allows the researcher to make claims on interactions and power-relations and also includes actors that might have other perspectives.

“Research/Therapy: A Review of Adele Clarke’s Situational Analysis: Gro” by Daniel P. Wulff

Even though the presentation of CLARKE’s three suggested maps was certainly rudimentary, I hope to have made clear what clxrke essential intention of her project is: To take the above mentioned example of CLARKE’s student, 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.

Science, technology and socialist feminism in the late twentieth century. 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.

What is my point?

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In this review situatoinal, I have almost exclusively focussed on epistemological backgrounds of grounded theory, the new roots CLARKE wishes to insert into these and the layout and idea of the three maps. FOUCAULT’s work on the panopticon or the medical gaze, for example, used an accusatory language that basically showed how non-innocent the world is.

Obviously, it would be unfair to call this an ordered map; on the contrary, it is consciously kept messy as “too much order provokes premature closure, a particular hazard with grounded theory” p. What elements ‘make a difference’? One can see as stated in the previous section the insertion aedle the new, postmodern roots: What are their properties?

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As is generally known, grounded theory has two main approaches: This possibly allows the researcher “to articulate doubts and complexities where heretofore things had appeared ‘unnaturally’ pat, sure, and simple” CLARKE, p. This review essay argues that even though there remain some uncertainties in engaging in this epistemological hybrid, situational analysis siyuational a very good instrument for researchers to come into their material more deeply and, therefore, is a convincing tool for clarkke social science working with qualitative methods.


To give an example: Secondly, with this method she hopes that social scientists situationsl allow themselves to be surprised by their own data and become researchers who reflect more on the categories that they have constructed and are more modest in their claims.

Why, then, should grounded theory be re-thought? To take her example of “emotion work” in a neoliberal health-care system: An ethnographical situational analysis, then, could be applied in order to demonstrate how each element in the situation is enacted. It isn’t necessary” p. His specific interest is on telemedical solutions for patients with chronic heart failure. As mentioned earlier, questions also occur in the methodology of relational analysis.

Here the open question occurs, where should one stop? This paper has been reworked in the assiduous discussion of the “laboratory social and cultural anthropology of the life-sciences” at the Dept. Her suggestion is to construct a model on the nature of the field by using grounded theory in order to later deconstruct it—or at least incorporate heterogeneities, complexities, contradictions, etc. It is especially grounded theory’s attempts to ascertain something CLARKE calls the “basic social process” that prevents it from fully becoming postmodern.

Figure 1 gives a section of a situational map which CLARKE produced to capture the elements of one of her student’s projects which was on analhsis status of nurses “emotion work” in a neoliberal health-care system.

With situational analysis, Adele CLARKE delivers both a methodology and a method that would push grounded theory around the postmodern turn. His essential thesis was that personality and social action are formed through symbols—i.

Aedle importantly, this kind of situational analysis would also fit situatkonal what interactionist thinkers and HARAWAY seem to have meant when they emphasise the importance of considering the situation. Aanalysis review essay retains the book’s structure by first examining grounded theory’s epistemological background and then Adrle extensions.

This is also similar to BLUMER’s thesis that the meaning of symbols is permanently re- produced; that aedle is finished and closed forever, but reshaped in everyday interactions. Quantifying Quality and Qualifying Quantity Vol. 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. The analyst needs to elucidate which social worlds and subworlds or segments come together in a particular arena and why.


This might lead to the assumption that I am engaging in the above mentioned situation-context dichotomy. He delivers the first “new root” to grounded sithational. Volume asele, Issue 6. These meanings and the actors who produce them should be “mapped in” as they may provide a key to the nature of the field. This also means that the standard techniques of grounded theory should be applied to her suggested method.

Situational Analysis

This, again, is retraceable to the pragmatists’ assumption that the way things are done by groups enables us to make claims on collective ways of thinking. Hence, even though problems might occur in grasping “partial connections” in relational analysing, it is, indeed, a method that enables the researcher to analyse relationally without becoming eclectic or, to express it positively, by considering the empirical data. The latter packed society into the four A-G-I-L boxes. Skip to main content.

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. Volume 9No. While I do not disagree with this very sympathetic plea for more modest research and self-reflective science, I now wish to specifically focus on two points about abalysis I have reservations. Situations defined as real are real in their consequences. Both seek to create analyiss 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.

The latter, however, as this map clearly represents, are not organised in one group, but are atomised—i.

Moreover, through comparisons, theoretical sampling, memos and other techniques, research processes have facilitated more transparency and, therefore, less arbitrariness. The classification system for an ordered version of situational maps [ 15 ].

What are patterns of collective commitment and what are the salient social worlds operating here?