Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Daniel Carvalho Pires de Sousa
  • Henrique Fernandes Magalhães
  • Edwine Soares de Oliveira
  • Ulysses Paulino AlbuquerqueEmail author
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In this chapter, we describe the main tools of qualitative analysis, from the approach used for a representative sampling to transcription of information, coding and triangulation of the obtained data. Transcription consists of a pre-analysis of the material in which the researcher systematizes the information for further analysis, while coding consists of the treatment of qualitative data by naming passages of text and categorizing their contents. Finally, the triangulation of data seeks to confront results, with the purpose of evaluating the reliability and generalizations of interpreted information. With this, we hope to provide methodological support to ethnobiologists who choose to direct their investigations from a qualitative approach.

Key words

Ethnobiology Qualitative analysis Qualitative methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Carvalho Pires de Sousa
    • 1
  • Henrique Fernandes Magalhães
    • 1
  • Edwine Soares de Oliveira
    • 2
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Programa de Pós-graduação em Etnobiologia e Conservação da Natureza (PPGEtno)Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE – Brasil)RecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de Botânica, Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de Botânica, Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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