My approach to my data is very qualitative and interpretivist and all that. The suggested way of analysing it as expressed by my supervisor was “let your data speak to you and tell you where to go”. That fits in with the ‘reflexive’ approach to social science research, and is complemented by a longitudinal research design.
It’s a bit creepy when your people (units) not only talk to you, but also amongst themselves and you’re just listening in on it. Voyeuristic even. They aren’t in the same room, probably don’t know each other, speak at different points of time, are spatially disconnected; different people, different lives, different trajectories. Same gender, same degree, similar age.
Participant x is speaking to participant y by explaining the situation without knowing participant y, but having anticipated a potential condition for themselves (that of x) that y has lived through. They, participant x, articulate the problems that cause the condition of y, whilst they themselves are attempting to high-jumped that block. It strangely follows through, and there cannot be a thematic approach. But maybe a connected one?
Connected stories, non-connected lives.