Started 24th Jun, 2021

Which method is good for analyzing social identities on forum posts?

Hi, I want to analyse people social identities from forum posts.
For example in a forum post "As a mother, I should look after my children" statement will be a signal of mother identity. I am planning to find out identities until saturation. When I achieved the saturation, I want to claim that these social identities are most salient when people considered do post on forums. It is kind of text analysing. Which method should I use to analyse data? Qualitative content analyses or Thematic analyses or something else?

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8th Aug, 2021
Ingrid Del Valle García Carreño
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Good morning
Content Analysis plus Atlas.ti and semantic networds
Best regards
Ph.D. Ingrid del Valle García Carreño

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24th Jun, 2021
Ismail Shaheer
University of Otago
I used summative content analysis to analyse identities from Twitter Profiles. Thematic analysis should work too if your analysis does not need frequencies.
Hsieh, H. F., & Shannon, S. E. (2005). Three approaches to qualitative content analysis. Qualitative health research, 15(9), 1277-1288.
25th Jun, 2021
Soumaya Elhassouni
Mohammed V University of Rabat
Hi Mustapha, I think that the analysis technique depends on the research objective. Thematic analysis is suitable only when themes are identified in advance. But if you are willing to make the study seem to have lead you to some "discovery", you should rather use the grounded theory
21st Jul, 2021
Samitha Udayanga
University of Ruhuna
The content analysis would be best. But invite you to appropriate narrative inquiry in this research. You may contextualize it into your research.

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