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Title: Analytical pluralism in qualitative research: a meta-study.
Authors: Clarke, Nicola J.
Willis, Martin E.H.
Barnes, Jemima S.
Caddick, Nicholas D.
Cromby, John
McDermott, Hilary
Wiltshire, Gareth
Keywords: Methodology
Multiple methods
Pluralistic approach
Polyvocal
Psychology
Qualitative data analysis
Theory
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: CLARKE, N.J. ... et al, 2014. Analytical pluralism in qualitative research: a meta-study. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12 (2), pp. 182-201.
Abstract: Recent interest in analytical pluralism—the application of more than one qualitative analytical method to a single data set—has demonstrated its potential to produce multiple, complex, and varied understandings of phenomena. However, tensions remain regarding the commensurability of findings produced from diverse theoretical frameworks, the practical application of multiple methods of analysis, and the capacity of pluralism to contribute to knowledge in psychology. This study addresses these issues through a critical interpretation of existing qualitative studies that utilized analytical pluralism. Using a meta-study design, we examined the use of theory, application of methods, and production of findings in studies that had adopted qualitative analytical pluralism. Following comprehensive database searches, ten articles were included in the analysis. Epistemological and ontological considerations, the influence of decisions made in the practical application of pluralism, and approaches to interpreting findings produced from multiple analyses are discussed, and implications for future research are considered.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2014.948980
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17231
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2014.948980
ISSN: 1478-0887
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