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A Guide To Abductive Thematic Analysis

Thompson, Jamie



Thematic analysis is an increasingly popular method for analysing qualitative data within the social sciences. Current guides for conducting thematic analysis promote the method’s broad flexibility across research designs, which has resulted in criticism that the method lacks the rigour and structure necessary for credible academic research. Therefore, through this paper, an 8-step prescriptive approach specific to abductive methodologies is presented which recognises the challenges faced by qualitative scholars, this method of analysis incorporates many concepts from seminal works in thematic analysis but, importantly maintains the balance of theorising with empirical data, which is the core of abductive research.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 18, 2022
Online Publication Date May 19, 2022
Publication Date May 19, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 31, 2022
Print ISSN 1052-0147
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 5
Pages 1410-1421
Keywords thematic analysis, abductive, themes, coding, code-book
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