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Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS: provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti

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Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS : provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti. / Wright, Steven Timothy.

ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015 – qualitative data analysis and beyond. ed. / Susanne Friese; Thomas Ringmayr. Berlin : Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, 2016.

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Wright, ST 2016, Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS: provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti. in S Friese & T Ringmayr (eds), ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015 – qualitative data analysis and beyond. Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, Berlin. https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-5153, https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-5153

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Wright, S. T. (2016). Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS: provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti. In S. Friese, & T. Ringmayr (Eds.), ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015 – qualitative data analysis and beyond Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin. https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-5153, https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-5153

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Wright ST. Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS: provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti. In Friese S, Ringmayr T, editors, ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015 – qualitative data analysis and beyond. Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin. 2016 https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-5153, https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-5153

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Wright, Steven Timothy. / Exploring actor-network theory and CAQDAS : provisional principles and practices for coding, connecting and describing data using ATLAS.ti. ATLAS.ti User Conference 2015 – qualitative data analysis and beyond. editor / Susanne Friese ; Thomas Ringmayr. Berlin : Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, 2016.

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