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Giampietro Gobo

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

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Upside Down – Reinventing Research Design1
Upside Down – Reinventing Research Design
Giampietro Gobo
Introduction

‘Concept', ‘hypothesis', ‘indicator', ‘variable', ‘operationalization', ‘cause', ‘sampling', ‘generalization', ‘model', ‘validation’ seem old-fashioned terms – oddments of quantitative and positivistic approaches which are today already epistemologically outdated. There is some truth in this view.

However, they can acquire different meanings (as frequently happens in the history of ideas) compatible with a more constructivist perspective. These alternative meanings can be detected also in some of the most influential voices of qualitative methods, if we read them carefully:

The freedom and flexibility that we claim for generating theory from quantitative data will lead to new strategies and styles of quantitative analysis, with their own rules yet to be discovered. And these new styles of analysis will bring ...

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