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Membership categorisation analysis

Fitzgerald, Richard and Au-Yeung, Shing 2019. Membership categorisation analysis. SAGE Research Methods Foundations 10.4135/9781526421036754839

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Membership categorisation analysis (MCA) is a qualitative sociological approach which studies membership categorisation practices—how social members achieve, use, and orient to membership categories in the process of performing some social action. Using a range of data including texts, talk-in-interaction, and video recordings, the approach focuses on unpacking members’ routine categorisation practices in everyday and institutional contexts. The approach provides qualitative researchers with a rigorous and data-led perspective to examine the way membership categorisation practices are used to achieve social actions in the contexts of their use. Through its commitment to naturalistic data, grounded observations, and flexibility in scope, MCA is able to also contribute to other disciplines, such as linguistics, sociology, psychology, management studies, communication, cultural studies, politics and political media, gender studies, and social work, whose focus is on the ongoing accomplishment of sense-making in society. This entry begins by reviewing the origins of MCA and is followed by a discussion on the methodological principles underpinning the approach and recent and emergent developments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2023 14:23

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