The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Using Qualitative Data in Our Writings

A workshop on how to use data from in-depth interviews and participant observation in academic writing

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Speaker: Elisabeth Wood (Yale University)

Volumes on qualitative methods provide great advice on how to plan and conduct field research, including techniques of data collection such as interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. Useful software is available to help us transcribing, organizing, and codifying these data. All in all, researchers willing to use or using qualitative data from field research in their work are well equipped. However, something seems to be missing: how do we use these data in our writing? A quick glance through published work using this type of data reveals that there are several ways in which it can be incorporated in our writing, either as background information or evidence backing arguments. Which are the best ways to use these data? How do we best move from having the data ready for writing up to actually doing it? Does the best way of doing it vary according to the research objectives? With a special focus on interview data, contextualized along with participant observation, these and other related questions will be cover in this two-hour workshop conducted by Elisabeth Wood and organized by COSMOS for both EUI and SNS students and faculty.

Note: for further information and to confirm your attendance please contact Juan Masullo at juan.masullo@eui.eu.



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Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.