The Collective Use of Forms of Language as Cultural Artefacts to Represent Public Understanding in Case‑Studies


  • Stanley Mukasa
  • Terry Warburton


Case-Study Method, Key Informants, Different Voices, Cumulative Cultural Text, Representation Theory, Interviewee Reviews, and Constructed Public Understanding


The need to demonstrate both the value of collective forms of language and the richness that interviewee reviews add to constructed analyses is a focus of debate. Researchers undertaking developmental studies have continually affirmed their commitment to demonstrate to the managers of Developmental Charities (DCs) and associated stakeholder groups not only the value a case‑study approach adds to understanding but, more importantly, how better to analyse the perspectives of the different stakeholder groups regarding the management of their organisations. Here we demonstrate a methodology to help achieve this. This paper reflects on a novel case‑study approach used to demonstrate the added value of constructed analyses from data provided by key informants in the construction of case studies for Oxfam GB, Water Aid, Christian Aid, Amnesty International and Action Aid. Using a wide‑range of key informants to provide different insights with regards to the subject of study is an intrinsic part of the methodology. These act as the principals in adding value to data and reviewing the constructed analysis. The constructionist approach used in the development of meanings is a key methodological feature in creating a cumulative cultural text. This fits well with the key features inherent in Representation Theory that guides the choice of methodology. Four components are discussed in relation to a new proposal for case‑study methodologies. These are: Key Informants, Cumulative Cultural Text, Representation Theory, Constructed Public Understanding.



1 Mar 2018