Reflecting on reflexive thematic analysis

Published on Jun 13, 2019in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health6.736
· DOI :10.1080/2159676X.2019.1628806
Virginia Braun38
Estimated H-index: 38
(University of Auckland),
Victoria Clarke37
Estimated H-index: 37
(University of the West of England)
Since initially writing on thematic analysis in 2006, the popularity of the method we outlined has exploded, the variety of TA approaches have expanded, and, not least, our thinking has developed and shifted. In this reflexive commentary, we look back at some of the unspoken assumptions that informed how we wrote our 2006 paper. We connect some of these un-identified assumptions, and developments in the method over the years, with some conceptual mismatches and confusions we see in published TA studies. In order to facilitate better TA practice, we reflect on how our thinking has evolved – and in some cases sedimented – since the publication of our 2006 paper, and clarify and revise some of the ways we phrased or conceptualised TA, and the elements of, and processes around, a method we now prefer to call reflexive TA.
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