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What is this a case of?: Methodological lessons from a reanalysis of conflicts within the Swedish Juvenile Care
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
2012 (English)In: Curiosity and serendipity: A conference on qualitative methods in the social sciences. Abstracts. ESA RN20 Midterm Conference, Lund, Sweden, September 20-21, 2012, 2012, 48-48 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In qualitative studies it is often problematic to go from exhaustive analysis of empirical instances to an overall picture of the context or phenomenon in which all instances – taken together – may be looked upon as a case. Years of close engagement in the data may hold back the analyst’s capacities and possibilities to contextualize his or her study more broadly and theoretically, and detailed knowledge about a range of situations on the field may make novel contextualizations hard. This presentation discusses how to overcome such obstacles with the help of examples from a study about a ‘collaboration’ project in Swedish youth care. When a large amount of interactions of professionals, youngsters and parents during a public project in which authorities were supposed to cooperate were studied using ethnographic field observations and interviews, the findings included various interpersonal conflicts between the involved actors (retold and observed). But even if the study produced detailed knowledge about various forms, constellations and accounts of conflicts within this ‘collaboration’ project, it was not until all these instances were reanalyzed in terms of earlier research on collaboration in other areas and between other organizations that an overall picture of the result was clarified. Similarities and differences between the retold conflicts during interviews and the interactional, in-situation formed conflicts now showed that (1) the ‘collaboration’ project became a struggle in Georg Simmel’s meaning, and (2) the client in human service organizations face a significant risk of falling outside new such ‘collaborations’. This presentation tries to specify how this result was reached and, consequently, what it means in practice to look upon one’s set of qualitative data from a broader angle.

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2012. 48-48 p.
Keyword [en]
collaboration, conflict point of interest, Swedish juvenile care, interpersonal conflicts, qualitative method, ethnography, project, interviews, field observations, youngster, sociology, sociologi
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Pedagogical Work
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Substance Abuse Treatment; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48151OAI: diva2:877901
The European Sociological Association Midterm Conference (RN20), Lund, Sweden, September 20-21, 2012
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