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By Martyn Hammersley

This e-book invitations readers to discover the character of qualitative learn, and to understand the numerous and conflicting types it will probably take. It examines how those distinction with quantitative paintings, in addition to how they vary from journalism and creative literature. The ebook describes a variety of methodological philosophies that experience formed qualitative paintings, in addition to sorts of orientation to be came across inside of it at the present time. It bargains transparent definitions of key phrases and ideas, and in addition an in depth exploration of modern disputes between qualitative researchers, in order to exhibiting how alterations in perform relate to underlying commitments. This ebook might be a necessary source for either new and skilled researchers.

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And, like some positivists but unlike interpretivists, ‘critical’ researchers insist that people’s behaviour will often need to be explained by factors that are beyond their awareness. Indeed, they argue that in many cases this awareness will have been systematically distorted by social processes. These three methodological philosophies also involve very different attitudes towards history.  By contrast, some interpretivists reject any notion of historical progress, viewing the past as consisting of different eras, each with its own distinctive worldview; and they believe that these worldviews cannot be evaluated against one another because there is no overarching cultural scheme within which this could be done.

Some psychologists and social scientists drew the conclusion from phenomenology that, instead of taking commonsense knowledge of the world for granted as a basis for social science, or simply dismissing it as defective in the manner of positivism, we should instead explore how it comes to take the form that it does, and indeed how the psychological and social phenomena people experience are constituted and sustained through the processes of interpretation and social interaction in which they engage (see, for example, Berger and Luckmann 1967).

And the character of this conflict at any point in time reflected the stage of historical development that had been reached, this being primarily determined by the development of productive economic forces. In other words, the conflict in ideas, or ideologies, stemmed from social class divisions and struggle generated by particular modes of production, not the other way round. And Marx saw the rise and fall of social classes as being determined by the socio-economic development of societies: for example, by the move from hunting and gathering societies to peasant forms of production, controlled by landlords, through  What is qualitative research?

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