Outlining Cultural Qualitative Content Analysis

  • Stefan Bauernschmidt Universität Bayreuth
Keywords: cultural qualitative content analysis, qualitative content analysis, interpretative research, cultural- and object-theoretical frame of reference, interpretative methodology, process generated data, connotative material, multiple connotations

Abstract

In this article I propose an independent research method within the field of qualitative content analysis: cultural qualitative content analysis. By outlining the underlying conceptual and methodological framework, I illustrate the independence of the method under consideration. To demonstrate its applicability, I examine the subject-matter of cultural qualitative content analysis from a substantive perspective: what is analyzed when studying communication? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to make certain cultural assumptions which fundamentally determine what the subject-matter of the research should be, and thus how to generate appropriate empirical data. Closely related to this theoretical reference are methodological clarifications: how to structure cultural qualitative content analysis to enable the investigation of multiple connotations as genuine subject-matter of the research? Drawing on a specific observation-leading vocabulary (semiotic concept of culture, dialogical, situational-interactive concept of communication, concept of meaningful context), I elaborate on the communication process and the content of communication, as well as on the methodological implications for researchers using cultural qualitative content analysis: proceeding in line with the principles of openness, context-sensitivity and multiperspectivity.

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Author Biography

Stefan Bauernschmidt, Universität Bayreuth

Dr. Stefan BAUERNSCHMIDT ist Lehrbeauftragter am Lehrstuhl für Kultur- und Religionssoziologie an der Universität Bayreuth. Zu seinen Forschungsschwerpunkten zählen Kultur-, Wissens- und visuelle Soziologie, Kultur- und Sozialtheorie, Methoden der qualitativen und quantitativen Sozialforschung (insbesondere kulturwissenschaftliche Inhaltsanalyse sowie Analyse visueller Gattungen) und prozessgenerierte Daten.

Published
2020-01-28
How to Cite
Bauernschmidt, S. (2020). Outlining Cultural Qualitative Content Analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-21.1.3441
Section
Discipline-Specific Approaches to Qualitative Content Analysis