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A case of what?: Methodological lessons from a reanalysis of conflicts within Swedish Juvenile Care
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
2013 (English)In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 8, no 2, 1-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Collaboration” is generally portrayed as being beneficial to authorities, even if previous collaborative research shows that conflicts are common between authorities who are supposed to cooperate. What takes place when different actors in the collaboration meet in practice? And what is the best way to analyse this? In qualitative studies, it is often problematic to go from an exhaustive analysis of individual empirical instances to an overall picture of the context or phenomenon in which all instances taken together can be viewed as a case. Years of close engagement with the data may interfere with the analyst’s capacities and opportunities to contextualize a study more broadly and theoretically, and detailed knowledge about a range of situations in the field may make novel contextualizations difficult. This article discusses how to overcome such obstacles, using examples from a study about a “collaboration” project in Swedish youth care.

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2013. Vol. 8, no 2, 1-29 p.
Keyword [en]
case study, qualitative research, struggle, alliance, ethnographic, interview, conflict points of interest, field observation, collaboration, youth care, social work, sociology
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Pedagogical Work Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Substance Abuse Treatment; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education; Social Sciences, Work Life Studies; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Studies of Professions; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48142OAI: diva2:878007
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2015-12-15Bibliographically approved

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