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Title: Hermeneutic phenomenological analysis : the "possibility' beyond "actuality' in thematic analysis
Authors: Ho, KHM
Chiang, VCL 
Leung, D 
Keywords: Heidegger
Qualitative analysis
Qualitative research
Thematic analysis
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of advanced nursing, 2017, v. 73, no. 7, p. 1757-1766 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of advanced nursing 
Abstract: AimsThis article discusses the ways researchers may become open to manifold interpretations of lived experience through thematic analysis that follows the tradition of hermeneutic phenomenology. BackgroundMartin Heidegger's thinking about historical contexts of understandings and the notions of aletheia' and techne' disclose what he called meaning of lived experience, as the unchanging Being of changing beings'. While these notions remain central to hermeneutic phenomenological research, novice phenomenologists usually face the problem of how to incorporate these philosophical tenets into thematic analysis. DesignDiscussion paper. Data sourcesThis discussion paper is based on our experiences of hermeneutic analysis supported by the writings of Heidegger. Literature reviewed for this paper ranges from 1927 - 2014. We draw on data from a study of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong to demonstrate how dwelling' in the language of participants' ek-sistence' supported us in a process of thematic analysis. Data were collected from December 2013 - February 2016. Implications for NursingNurses doing hermeneutic phenomenology have to develop self-awareness of one's own taken-for-granted' thinking to disclose the unspoken meanings hidden in the language of participants. Understanding the philosophical tenets of hermeneutic phenomenology allows nurses to preserve possibilities of interpretations in thinking. In so doing, methods of thematic analysis can uncover and present the structure of the meaning of lived experience. ConclusionWe provide our readers with vicarious experience of how to begin cultivating thinking that is aligned with hermeneutic phenomenological philosophical tenets to conduct thematic analysis.
ISSN: 0309-2402
EISSN: 1365-2648
DOI: 10.1111/jan.13255
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