Review: Graham Gibbs (2009). Analysing Qualitative Data


  • Ewa Krzaklewska Jagiellonian University of Krakow



qualitative data analysis, coding, CAQDAS


The reviewed book concentrates on the issue of qualitative data analysis. It primarily provides practical information for students and social researchers on how to deal with textual data starting with data preparation until writing the actual report. The book proposes coding as a convenient and effective way to process data. But, what is additionally valuable, it suggests multiple comparative analysis techniques which would allow a researcher to go beyond simple "coding and retrieving" in order to achieve more plausible and in-depth interpretations. Apart from this, it introduces a reader to the analysis of biographies and narratives, as well as to computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS). The book is full of practical advice, with a lot of how-to-do suggestions and useful examples, as well as indications of the possible difficulties in the analysis. Still, even if the book seems to be kept on an elementary level, it would have helped readers to better apply proposed practical advice to their research, if, before reading the book, they had acquired more general knowledge about the specificity of qualitative analysis and the various approaches used within it. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs100341


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Author Biography

Ewa Krzaklewska, Jagiellonian University of Krakow

Ewa KRZAKLEWSKA, MA, is a PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, in the Institute of Sociology. Her interests include youth sociology, transition to adulthood, research methods, and academic mobility.




How to Cite

Krzaklewska, E. (2010). Review: Graham Gibbs (2009). Analysing Qualitative Data. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(3).