Between Adele Clarke’s 2005 ground-breaking book, Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory after the Postmodern Turn, and its second edition due for release next year under an expanded authorship and title, comes this effective practice-based taster. Here SA is situated within the interpretive turn, rather than the postmodern as previously, in a shift that might subtly be taking back some of the ground formerly given to Foucault at the expense of Strauss. Exemplars of SA studies, each with a reflective postscript by their authors, provide rich details on methods from a community of scholars, who along with the book’s editors, reproduce the spirit of Strauss’ data analysis group to “turn up the volume” on less heard voices and diverse practices in the situation of SA.


Situational Analysis, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Interpretive Turn, Epistemic Diversity

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Craig Whisker, MA (Applied) in Social Work (1992), Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT); is a family therapist and certificated psychodramatist (AANZPA) in private practice in New Zealand. He is currently an external doctoral candidate with The Bouverie Centre in Melbourne, Australia, researching the situation of family therapy in Aotearoa NZ. He has been a family therapy educator since 2003. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Craig Whisker, at craigwhisker1161@gmail.com.

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