Collecting Data or Creating Meaning?

Julie White (La Trobe University, Australia)
Sarah Drew (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Publication date: 6 April 2011


Plagued by doubt and methodological unease, two researchers from a large Australian study resolve their quandary by revisiting methodological literature related to narrative inquiry, visual approaches and contemporary interviewing to find that the application of poststructuralist theory to methodology provides a useful way of addressing their concerns. Before embarking on extensive writing about the project, they trouble issues of data authenticity, analytic integrity and the problem of voice. The main value of this deliberation is its applicability to the wider discourse about contemporary qualitative inquiry that other researchers facing analytical dilemmas may also find helpful.



White, J. and Drew, S. (2011), "Collecting Data or Creating Meaning?", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 3-12.

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