Review: Josef Zelger (2019). Erforschung und Entwicklung von Communities [Research and Development of Communities]

Manual for Qualitative Text Analysis and Knowledge Organization with GABEK®

  • Susanne Friese
Keywords: CAQDAS, GABEK, text analysis, knowledge nets, Gestalten-tree

Abstract

In this book review I closely examine the text analysis method GABEK® developed by Josef ZELGER. The acronym stands for Ganzheitliche Bewältigung von Komplexität, which can be translated to: holistic coping with complexity. Most GABEK® projects are about solving a specific problem, or questions such as the introduction of a new working time model, urban development, or success factors of innovation. Other possible applications have been developed over the years: for example, simulated conversations, analysis of dreams, and works of art. The methods can also be used for basic research projects for the purpose of developing and testing hypothesis and for developing theories. The book is extensive and brings together contributions from the 30-year history of development of GABEK®. As a reference work, it is a milestone for anyone who wants to use the method. At the conclusion of this article, I offer some insights from my own use of GABEK®.

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Author Biography

Susanne Friese

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Senior Research Fellow

Published
2022-01-29
How to Cite
Friese, S. (2022). Review: Josef Zelger (2019). Erforschung und Entwicklung von Communities [Research and Development of Communities]: Manual for Qualitative Text Analysis and Knowledge Organization with GABEK®. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-23.1.3675
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FQS Reviews

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