Exploring Concepts and Discourse through Qualitative Research

Room: 
Room J, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 14:15 - 15:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Thomas Oliver (UWE)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Kristi Winters (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Mrs Laura Richards-Gray (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Ms Isabel Winnwa (University of Bamberg)
  • Mirijam Böhme (University of Bamberg - Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences )

This panel looks at how qualitative research can be useful to investigate and critically evaluate political concepts and discourse. Paper 1 highlights the gendered nature of the welfare cuts and uses feminist critiques to examine how elite and public discourse on welfare reform serve to legitimise these cuts. Paper 2 uses focus group data from two UK general elections to develop a data-led conception of political leadership. Paper 3 ties the previous discussions together by evaluating whether the criticisms related to data access and choice in qualitative research can be mitigated by analytical transparency.