Research methods

Discourse analysis

” … is about studying and analysing the uses of language. …[A]vast array of data sources is available …, including transcripts from interviews, focus groups, samples of conversations, published literature, media, and web based materials.

Hodges, Brian David, Ayelet Kuper, and Scott Reeves. “Discourse analysis.” Bmj, vol. 337, 2008, pp. a879-a879.


From the abstract. During my research about women and surfing, I have found writing a blog useful as a tool for doing research in the cultural context of surfing. More than a simply a space to increase transparency in my ethnographic research process, blogging became a method of its own. . . .

Blogging also helped in developing a language and a style of writing that reflects the experiences of surfing in a culturally meaningful way, and to provide a way of locating my own subjectivity within the research space. Through blogging I have been able to keep field notes and ideas alive, engaged and in exchange throughout the project, moving and shifting through both theory and culture.

Olive, Rebecca. “‘Making friends with the neighbours’: Blogging as a research method.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 2013, pp. 71-84.