Data are the foundation of any research. Here, the foundation of this reseach consists of a total of 27.3 hours of recorderd interview that when transcribed, produced 621 pages of text. The 'box' figure in the photograph above is an attempt at presenting these 621 pages as though they were piled up together.
The 'ingredients' that formed this research foundation - the data - (or at least a substantial proportion of it) has kindly been made available by participants. Interview recordings can be accessed HERE and transcriptions of interview recordings HERE. (Making the data available in this way is an example of realising CBPR and general 'grounded' credentials).
This research was conducted in a predominantly 'organic fashion'. So for example, interviews between interviewer and interviewee were arranged and conducted 'naturally', - arranged in the course of normal, albeit usually men's group related, social gatherings and events. Interviews were further conducted between men who knew each other quite well as a result of their shared participation in mens groups over (usually) a large period of time. This resulted in a degree of familiarity and trust that has been associated with the emergence of data rich in authenticity, depth and truth value. For this reason, the data foundation of this research is conceptualised as something sound, in turn capable of supporting whatever may be built on top - or may emerge - from it, so long as these elements are infused with the same qualities that underpin them.
Of course, the collection and display of several hundred pages of textual data is pointless unless one somehow makes sense of and understands this 'body of work'. It is essential also that 'sound' understanding is followed up by presenting it in some coherent form or another; this is the job of analyis. As such the study's 'blueprints' provide instructions on how analysis should be conducted and crucially, the meaning and coherency of its end product. However, as this study progressed it was realised that analysis is a highly contentious and uncertain element, generally, within all social science research and more to the point, it is more so within the adopted methodological blueprints of this study. As analysis of data - producing a research 'end product' from collected data - is plausably the central - or only - purpose for conducting research, the existence of different and contentious views surrounding core aspects of analysis, means that as far as this 'grounded' research is concerned, 'analysis' is understood to be a particularly vulnerable and delicate stage and one in need of much deliberation and discernment. As such and in the course of reviewing the 'analysis' literature, delibration and discernment did take place, resuting in the emergence of an analytic 'goodness of fit' - between the research blueprint and 'on site' conditions peculiar to this study. What this is and how it came about can be understood by going HERE
The various 'objects of analysis' - the results of an analytic method rooted and grounded in the approach this study has taken from its inception - are presented in the following pages. As alluded to previously, they emerged - and should be understood - in the following oorder: