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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue to the Second Edition What is Situational Analysis? Overview of the Second Edition Practical Developments How to Read and Use this Book About the Authors PART I * FRAMING AND GROUNDING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS Introduction to Part I Chapter 1 * Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory Mapping After the Interpretive Turn What Is Grounded Theory? A Genealogy of Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis The Interpretive Turn Grounds for a New Method Situational Maps and Analysis Reflections and Anticipations Chapter 2 * Methodological Grounds of Situational Analysis Grounded Theory, Pragmatism, and Interactionism: A Theory/Methods Package Grounded Theory as Always Already Around the Interpretive Turn Grounded Theory as Recalcitrant Against the Interpretive Turn Pushing Grounded Theory Around the Interpretive Turn Reflections and Anticipations Chapter 3 * Theoretical Grounds of Situational Analysis The "(Re)Turn to the Social" Across Social Theory Pragmatist Interactionist Origins: From Chicago Ecologies to Social Worlds/Arenas New Grounds I: Foucault and the Pragmatist Interactionist Project New Grounds II: Taking the Nonhuman Explicitly Into Account New Grounds III: Deleuze and Guattari's Rhizomes and Assemblages Assembling the Theoretical Grounds of Situational Analysis PART II * DOING SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS Introduction to Part II Chapter 4 * Getting Started: Practical Issues and Project Design The Three Kinds of Situational Analysis Maps Practical Issues in Getting Started Doing Situational Analysis Project Design Issues in Situational Analysis Project Design Technical Tools Supporting Situational Analysis Turning to Analysis Chapter 5 * Doing Situational and Relational Maps Abstract Situational Maps Introducing the First Exemplar: Bone's Project Situational Maps of Bone's Project Doing Relational Analyses With Situational Maps Relational Maps of Bone's Project Final Comments on Situational and Relational Maps Chapter 6 * Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps What Are Social Worlds and Arenas? Why Are Social Worlds and Arenas Analytically Important? Introducing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps Social Worlds/Arenas Map of Bone's Project Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps Memoing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps Using Social Worlds/Arenas Maps in Your Project Final Comments on Social Worlds/Arenas Maps Chapter 7 * Doing Positional Maps Abstract Positional Maps Positional Maps of Bone's Project Constructing Your Own Positional Maps Articulating and Acting Upon Absent Positions Why Are Positional Maps So Important? Final Comments on Positional Maps Chapter 8 * A Fully Worked Exemplar of Situational Analysis Introducing Alonso-Yanez's Project Alonso-Yanez's Situational Maps Alonso-Yanez's Relational Maps Alonso-Yanez's Social Worlds/Arenas Map Alonso-Yanez's Positional Maps Provisional Conclusions on Alonso-Yanez's Project Chapter 9 * Writing It Up: Final Presentations and Project Maps Writing It Up as an Analytic Process Using Your Memos in Finalizing the Project Turning Situational Analysis Maps Into Final Project Maps Possibilities for Presenting and Publishing Your SA Project Temporary Conclusions PART III * MAPPING EXTANT DISCOURSE MATERIALS Introduction to Part III Chapter 10 * Turning to Discourses What Is Discourse? Why Analyze Discourses? Turning Up the Volume on "Minor" Discourses Single Site and Multisite Approaches How to Design SA Discourse Projects Turnings Chapter 11 * Mapping Narrative Discourse Materials Kinds of Extant Narrative Discourse Materials Designing a Narrative Discourse Project Doing Situational Maps of Narrative Discourse Materials Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps of Narrative Discourse Materials Doing Positional Maps of Narrative Discourse Materials Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Narrative Discourse Materials Chapter 12 * Mapping Visual Discourse Materials The Rise of Visual Cultures Doing Situational Analysis of Visual Discourse Materials Visual Discourse Exemplar: Washburn's Biomonitoring Project Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Visual Discourse Materials Chapter 13 * Mapping Historical Discourse Materials Historicizing Historical Approaches Designing Historical and Historicizing Projects Historical Discourse Analysis Exemplar: Introducing Message's Project Doing Situational Maps of Historical Discourse Materials Doing Social Worlds/Arenas Maps of Historical Discourse Materials Doing Positional Maps of Historical Discourse Materials Final Comments: Situational Analysis of Historical Discourse Materials Epilogue: Situational Analysis Issues and FAQs Comparing Early GT With Constructivist GT and SA Tips on Learning and Teaching Situational Analysis Decolonizing and (Post)Colonial Situational Analysis SA Mapping as Facilitating Engagement and Collaboration FAQs About Situational Analysis Final Words Appendices Appendix A: Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis Websites Appendix B: Selected Exemplars of Situational Analysis by Discipline Appendix C: Selected Exemplars of Situational Analysis by Mapping Focus References Index

About the Author

Adele E. Clarke, MA, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Sociology and History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. She studied with Anselm Strauss and has used and taught grounded theory since 1980, developing situational analysis as an extension. Her book Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn (SAGE, 2005) won the Cooley Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. The 2nd edition with Carrie Friese and Rachel Washburn appeared in 2018. Clarke's research centered on science, technology, and medicine studies, especially biomedicalization and technologies for women. Her book Disciplining Reproduction: Modernity, American Life Sciences and the "Problem of Sex" won the Basker Award, Society for Medical Anthropology, and Fleck Award, Society for Social Studies of Science. Clarke received the 2013 Bernal Prize for Outstanding Contributions from the Society for Social Studies of Science and the 2015 Reeder Award for Distinguished Contributions to Medical Sociology. She also published many papers with Leigh Star. Professor Clarke continues to offer workshops on situational analysis internationally. Carrie Friese (PhD) is associate professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her initial research focused on assisted reproductive technologies for humans and endangered species, including the development of interspecies nuclear transfer (aka cloning) for species preservation in zoos. Her book Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity and the Future of Endangered Animals (NYU Press) appeared in 2013. Friese's new research project explores animal husbandry and care in scientific knowledge production, including comparisons of care practices and their regulation in the United Kingdom. She has used situational analysis across these research projects and has given talks and taught courses on the method across Europe. Rachel Washburn (PhD) is associate professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She used situational analysis in her doctoral research on the politics of human biomonitoring and has continued to do so in subsequent research on the same topic. Her dissertation, Measuring the Chemicals Within: The Social Terrain of Human Biomonitoring in the United States, was awarded the Anselm Strauss Outstanding Qualitative Dissertation Award in 2009. She has given talks and workshops on situational analysis at universities in the United States and Canada. Her current research examines the politics of mid-20th-century science related to the human health effects of pesticides.

Reviews

"The book is a milestone in the development of qualitative research. It shows comprehensively and convincingly how pragmatism and post-structuralism can be used to analyze the complexity of our contemporary condition."

-- Rainer Winter

"This updated text has moved the field further along in its understanding of not just the theoretical underpinning of SA, but the practical steps of how to use it well. Anyone wanting to know how to construct a sound SA research design must read this book."

-- Adah Ward Randolph

"Relentlessly empirical and fiercely situated, the second edition is dense, refreshing, and conversational. It invites readers to practice the art of Situational Analysis and extends the reach, relevance, and versatility of the conceptual methodology."

-- Nancy D. Campbell

"The new edition captures the substance and the excitement of Situational Analysis and its relation to other developments in social science, provides well-elaborated examples to make the methods concrete, and points to questions of theory that invite career-length exploration."

-- Peter Taylor

"Imagine a conceptual methodology textbook that serves as coach, mentor, and cheerleader for Situational Analysis. The second edition supports and facilitates constant reflection while you are researching, analyzing, and writing. It will motivate many fine projects in the years to come."

-- Nancy Campbell

"Situational Analysis helps researchers critically and constructively map the complexities of today's diverse and often contested aspects of human and technological interaction. Use of this second edition of Situational Analysis will enable further ideas and dialogues to address postmodern dilemmas."

-- Tom Strong

"This extensively updated edition puts qualitative data analysis in the grounded theory tradition on the map, literally and figuratively."

-- Stefan Timmermans

"The present book is a powerful revision of Situational Analysis. Adele E. Clarke and her co-authors succeed all through this 'theory-methods package' in combining older and newest theory and methodology in social inquiry beyond jargon, with a carefully elaborated introduction into the practice of doing SA analysis. The authors so much know and live what they are writing about - this is the book's core feeling from start to end."

-- Reiner Keller

"I have been teaching Situational Analysis to my graduate and post-graduate students based on the first edition of Clarke's book for some years. The students have appreciated her direct and hands-on approach to studying complex and intricate empirical issues. I very much look forward to use this second edition of Situational Analysis in my courses. It will offer the students even more guidance for their studies. It has a unique blend of theoretical depth and practical applicability that speaks directly to students and scholars who want engage with empirical complexities."

-- Anders Buch

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