Conducting Qualitative Content Analysis Across Languages and Cultures

Sybille Reinke de Buitrago

Abstract


In this article, I discuss the challenges of conducting a qualitative content analysis in more than one language. Doing research across languages requires detailed attendance to different ways of meaning-making and to the role of distinct (political) cultures. Furthermore, additional reflection is needed in order to become aware and consider one's own role in interpretation and meaning-making. Based on a research project on threat perceptions and enemy image constructions in American and German security policy relating to international terrorism after 9/11, I illustrate the development of a coding frame fitting to the distinct languages and (political) cultural backgrounds, as well as ways of reflection.


Keywords


language; culture; meaning-making; qualitative content analysis; United States; Germany; security policy; international terrorism; political science

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.3.3384

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