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The Debate about Quantitative and Qualitative Research: A Question of Method or Epistemology?

Alan Bryman
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Mar., 1984), pp. 75-92
DOI: 10.2307/590553
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/590553
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The Debate about Quantitative and Qualitative Research: A Question of Method or Epistemology?
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Abstract

The main dimensions of the debate about the relative characteristics and merits of quantitative and qualitative methodology are outlined, emphasizing the philosophical issues which underpin much of the discussion. A distinction is drawn between epistemological and technical issues in relation to the controversy. Three areas are then selected which demonstrate a tendency for the debate to oscillate between epistemological and technical modes of expression. The question is raised as to whether it is possible to establish a clear symmetry between epistemological positions (e.g. phenomenology, positivism) and associated techniques of social research (e.g. participant observation, social survey). The conclusion is sceptical about the extent to which a neat correspondence can currently be established.

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