Review Essay: Situational Analysis—Strauss Meets Foucault?


  • Rainer Diaz-Bone Universität Luzern



grounded theory methodology, pragmatism, neo-pragmatism, structuralism, post-structuralism, methodic holism, positivism, postmodern turn, discourse analysis


With the (German translation) of the volume "Situational Analysis" by Adele CLARKE, a new approach to the development of Grounded Theory Methodology (GTM) is presented. CLARKE radicalizes the methodological standpoint of classical pragmatism. She integrates structuralist and post-structuralist analytic elements into GTM. This review essay critically analyzes this new integration and employs the methodological notion of the "theory/methods package" introduced by CLARKE, which denotes the cohesion of theory, methodology and methods, and can be conceived as a kind of “methodic holism” (not to be confused with the different concept of methodological holism). CLARKE puts more emphasis on objects and power than classical GTM, and attempts to integrate a FOUCAULTian discourse model. However, she does not succeed in integrating the pragmatic and structuralist/post-structuralist methodologies in a fully coherent way. Her situational analysis does not incorporate a discourse-analytic methodology, and has not implemented the methods needed for a FOUCAULTian discourse analysis. Nevertheless, this valuable work presents an important development in pragmatic social research.



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Rainer Diaz-Bone, Universität Luzern



How to Cite

Diaz-Bone, R. (2012). Review Essay: Situational Analysis—Strauss Meets Foucault?. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(1).



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