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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Indeed, the first step is to make an ordered version of the mess, i.

Knowledge production, then, is a relational sutuational that depends on these networks, the means involved in their production, moral and ethical issues, etc. What are their perspectives and what do they hope to achieve through their collective action? Open, axial, theoretical coding, sampling techniques, memoing, and systematic comparisons should not be dismissed; rather grounded theory should be enlarged in order to represent the field’s messiness.

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. Within this methodology she does not condemn all the aforementioned advantages of grounded theory. As mentioned earlier, questions also occur in the methodology of relational analysis.

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

What is my point? However, this leads to two different results: The Qualitative Report13 3 Astonishingly, situational analysis published inhas not gained much attention in Germany. Quantifying Quality and Qualifying Quantity. What is made situaational when we do not map them in?

First, the definition of situation and second, as already stated above, the understanding of relational analysis. According to him, a situation is the moment where people claeke common meanings of symbols in interaction BLUMER,p.

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To take her example of “emotion work” in a neoliberal health-care system: To situqtional an example: 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. 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.

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.


It allows the researcher to make claims on interactions and power-relations and also includes actors that might have other perspectives. More importantly, this kind of situational analysis would also fit with what interactionist thinkers and HARAWAY seem to have meant when they emphasise the importance of considering the situation. MEADs’ work became relevant for social sciences in the s when it was used as an antithesis to Parson’s structural-functionalist and anti-processual approach.

For me, the question arises as to whether there is a difference daele a field and a situation. As is generally known, grounded theory has two main approaches: Author Bio s Dr.

Volume 1, Issue 6. 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. This, again, is retraceable to the pragmatists’ assumption that the way things are done siituational groups enables situaional to make claims on collective ways of thinking.

This review essay retains the book’s structure by first examining grounded theory’s epistemological background and then CLARKE’s extensions. It does not ask, however, how these different elements are being produced and how they condense themselves into elements.

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. However, while engaging in this analytical exercise, the ontological different elements are sorted into a conservative classification system.

An ethnographical situational analysis, then, could be applied in order to demonstrate how each element in the situation is enacted. 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. I will conclude with a situatiojal discussion on epistemological problems that might occur in the method and—eventually—the anapysis advantages that I see when applying situational analysis 1 in research.

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. So far, it should have become clear that situational maps are the ones 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.


As stated above, STRAUSS’ innovation was to expand symbolic interactionism from focussing micro-events to also analysing its conditions.

Contradictions abound and positional maps enable us to see the broader situations, as well as specific positions, better.

Note that, concerning these two points, I do not mean to evaluate CLARKE in terms of grounded theory positions; I am more concerned with her contributions to qualitatively working social scientists in the science and technology studies STS realm. Much attention has been given to grounded theory in qualitative research. His essential thesis was that personality and social action are formed through symbols—i.

Why, then, should grounded theory be re-thought? The latter, however, as this map clearly represents, are not organised in one group, but are atomised—i. The real advantage of situational analysis, then, is that it provokes researchers to come into the material more deeply adelr enables them to analyse practice or, how she calls it, the “doingness of life” p.

With this category, he challenged the established group metaphors of sociology at that time as clsrke did not exclusively grasp social classes or institutions, but collective action. 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.

Who and what matters in this situation?

In Situational Maps all actors individual or collective and actants elements, bodies, discourses are mapped and then their relationships to each other analysed. 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.

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