Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development serves as a step-by-step, interdisciplinary, qualitative methods text for those working in the areas of family studies, human development, family therapy, and family social work. Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry J. Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.
Chapter 4: Ontology of the Human Realm: Theoretical Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
Ontology of the Human Realm: Theoretical Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
Ontology and the Nature of Human Reality
As a metaphysical term, ontology is concerned with the philosophical assumptions that we create about the nature of “being.” In qualitative research, the way we go about our inquiry about what human beings do is influenced by our assumptions about the nature of being.
All forms of social scientific inquiry are rooted in a set of assumptions about the fundamental nature of human beings. How we construct this fundamental “nature” shapes the ways we go about inquiring into the patterns of human behavior. Although scholars have argued that the distinction between quantitative and qualitative methods is false because they both seek ...