Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research is a direct challenge to long held traditional forms of qualitative data analysis. Defining analysis methods like coding and thematic analysis to be reductive and simplistic, Jackson and Mazzei offer an alternative account of data analysis by “plugging-in” six poststructural theorists to data. Through interviews of two first generation academic women, Jackson and Mazzei demonstrate how researchers can employ complex theories to analyze data without relying upon traditional methods. The insightful, clear, and, at times, profound, findings of Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research demonstrates the need for researchers to reexamine the continued reign of traditional forms of data analysis in the contexts of modern social life.


Poststructuralism, Data Analysis, Diffraction, Interview Data

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Travis M. Marn is a doctoral student of the Educational and Psychological Studies department at the University of South Florida. His primary areas of research are black-white biracialism, international adoption, qualitative research methods, and postmodern psychology. Correspondence regarding this review can be addressed directly to: Travis M. Marn at, marnt@mail.usf.edu

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