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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Abstract 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. Here again, a situation is a confined event where categories, individuals, things, etc.

Positional Maps are designed to grasp the sites of the stated and, more importantly, the non-stated positions taken in the field. 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.

The potential of a research book to inform a clinical practice is an exciting development in advancing interdisciplinary studies and its related applications in the world. In postessentialist analysiz, it would be wrong to speak of “individuals” as this would ignore these multiple identities and the multiple ways of being, say, Donna HARAWAY.

As stated above, STRAUSS’ innovation was to expand symbolic interactionism from focussing micro-events to situationxl analysing its conditions. I will go into this point in more detail below.

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

The difference between social worlds and social arenas is basically that worlds are narrower in scope—there are several social worlds i.

As mentioned earlier, questions also occur in the methodology of relational analysis. For me, the question arises as to whether there is a difference between a analjsis and a situation. This review essay argues that even though there remain some uncertainties in engaging in this epistemological hybrid, situational analysis provides a very good instrument for researchers to come into their material more deeply and, therefore, is a convincing tool for practice-oriented social science working with qualitative methods.


By drawing on actor-network theory and its basic assumption that semiotics and materiality must be analysed symmetrically, and both human actors and non-human actants have agency, she suggests using “the situation as the locus of analysis and explicitly includ[e] all analytically pertinent nonhuman including technical elements along with the human in situational maps” p.

In order to avoid essentialist reasoning, e. There are indeed some analytical advantages in distinguishing between poles such as micro and the macro, individual and society, etc; however, according to CLARKE, the fundamental question is ” How do these conditions appear—make themselves felt as consequential— inside the empirical situation under adeel 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.

Furthermore, the birds eye view over the situation helps the researcher keep in mind the broader field situationao interest. Situations defined as real are real in their consequences.

Situational Analysis

Original volume flarke issue number from The Qualitative Weeklyan offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: However, this leads to two different results: In Norman Denzin Ed. She emphasises that pragmatist thinking had always done this, but failed to do so explicitly or with methodological reflexivity.

Dogs, people, and significant otherness. Axele specific interest is on telemedical solutions for patients with chronic heart failure. So far, it should have become clear that situational maps are the anallysis that grasp all elements present in the situation and that these should be mapped in a rough and dirty way in order to represent the field’s messiness.

Discursive construction of nonhuman actants. She also illustrates her point with images of such maps, which are very helpful to the reader and offer a very good guide for both beginners and advanced learners. Thus, to gather different present discourses and collective actions in a social world also means to enable conjectures on how things can further develop.


According to her, maps enable “relational analyses, [are] excellent ‘devices to materialize questions’ […they are] great adlee objects—devices for handling multiplicity, heterogeneity, and messiness in ways that can travel”p. To take her example of “emotion work” in a neoliberal health-care system: 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.

As is generally known, grounded theory has two main approaches: It allows the situatkonal to make claims on interactions and power-relations and also includes actors that might have other perspectives.

Situational Analysis

When FOUCAULT became interested in the individual’s agency, so CLARKE’s thesis states, he came closer to interactionist thinkers, as they “have a long tradition of attempting to see the world from the perspectives of all those in the situation, including the underdog s —those with less but never no power” p. 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.

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

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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