Review: Melissa Hardy & Alan Bryman (Eds.) (2004). Handbook of Data Analysis


  • Iain Lang Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital



quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, research methods


Editors HARDY and BRYMAN present qualitative and quantitative analysis methods in the same book. The individual chapters tend to deal with one or the other approach, though, and there may have been some opportunities missed in terms of discussing both together. The chapters are of high quality and present the current state of knowledge in a wide range of methods. Researchers and students will find the book useful and informative, but this is likely to be a book for libraries rather than individuals to purchase. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0602200


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Author Biography

Iain Lang, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Iain LANG ( is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Public Health & Epidemiology Group in the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, UK, and an NHS Academic Specialist Trainee in Public Health. His research interests are in health & ageing, volunteering and care-giving, social network analysis, and social research methods. He is on the editorial team of FQS and has previously contributed two reviews: "Readme First for a User's Guide to Qualitative Methods" ( (by MORSE & RICHARDS 2002) and "Stretching" EXERCISES for Qualitative Researchers" ( (JANESICK 2004).




How to Cite

Lang, I. (2006). Review: Melissa Hardy & Alan Bryman (Eds.) (2004). Handbook of Data Analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(2).