4.2: First steps in analysis
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- The first step in analysis, is to overcome the ‘natural attitude’ and open our mind to new ways of perceiving.
- We therefore need to acknowledge the scope and limitations of our powers of perception.
- In doing the above, as much as possible, we suspend judgement about what we expect to find.
- Analysis is all about relations: relations of sameness, correspondence, correlation and repetition; relations of difference, opposition or contradiction; relations which are anomalous (i.e. not normal, unusual or aberrant).
- Finding binary oppositions can be a useful starting point in an analysis.
- Using keywords to identify strands and themes in a piece of writing is also a useful analytical method.
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