By Clive Seale
Bringing jointly the various middle vintage and modern works in social and cultural examine equipment, this e-book provides scholars direct entry to methodological debates and examples of sensible examine around the qualitative/quantitative divide. The booklet is designed for use either as a set of readings and as an introductory examine tools publication in its personal correct. themes lined include:
- research methodology
- research layout, info assortment and preparation
- analyzing data
- mixing qualitative and quantitative methods
- validity and reliability
- methodological critique: postmodernism, post-structuralism and important ethnography
- political and moral points of research
- philosophy of social science
- reporting research.
Each part is preceded through a brief advent putting the readings in context. This reader-text additionally contains positive factors reminiscent of dialogue questions and sensible exercises.
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Chapter l Michael Billig METHODOLOGY AND SCHOLARSHIP IN UNDERSTANDINGIDEOLOGICAL EX PLANATlON From Antaki, C. ) Analysing Everyday Explanation: A Case Book of Methods, London: Sage (1988>. T H I S C H A P T E R W I L L N O T outline the whys and wherefores of a particular methodology as such. In fact, it will challenge the use of methodology, and the importance which social scientists give to methodological matters. When social scientists advocate the use of a methodology, whether for understanding explanations or for anything else, they are prescribing a set of procedures which the analyst is to follow.
From these considerations, I hope the reader will understand that in a way I never 'start' writing on a project: I am writing continuously, either in a more personal vein, in the files, in taking notes after browsing, or in more guided endeavors. I always have, in following this way of living and working, many topics which I want to work out further. After I decide on some 'release' out of this work, I try to use the entire file, the browsing in libraries and periodicals, my conversatians and my selection of people - all on this topic.
But the authoritarian mode depends essentially on the social position of the knowledge-producer, while the mystical mode depends more essentially on manifestations of the knowledge-consumer's personal 'state of grace,' and on his personal psychophysical state. For this reason, in the mystical mode far more may depend on applying ritualistic purification and sensitizing procedures to the consumer. This mode also extends its solicitations for knowledge beyond animistic gods, to more impersonal, abstract, unpredictably inspirational, and magical sources, such as manifest themselves in readings of the tarot, entrails, hexagrams, and horoscopes.