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Aspers and Corte (2019) have struck a chord. Within a year of its publication, their paper has been cited over a hundred times. Confronting the fact that scholars have not quite agreed on what makes qualitative research “qualitative,” the paper examines 89 books and articles that have tried to define the term, extracts the elements that the works have in common, drops those it deems non-essential, and offers a comprehensive definition that appears to have quieted many unsettled minds. […] The authors essentially propose that what defines “qualitative research” is a process that is iterative, an attempt to create new distinctions, the ability to get close to people and their contexts, and an effort to understand meaning

Tõuge artikli kirjutamiseks:

Is producing a single definition a good idea? […] But the problem is not that the qualitative research is diverse; it is that “qualitative research” describes practices that are so fundamentally different from one another they have no necessary components.

Et asjad veel segasemaks muuta:

Social science has produced outstanding ethnographies, interview studies, mixed methods studies, and studies that without a single statistic, calculation, regression, estimation, or quantitative inference have nonetheless improved our understanding of social phenomena—and loosely called all these studies “qualitative” as shorthand.

Lõpp nagu muinasjutus:

That fact itself makes clear that the authors have succeeded: in some way or other, the authors’ question has to be worth asking, since if nothing else it forces the reader to think. Aspers and Corte (2019) is an excellent paper with which to disagree. And thus, though its definition may not improve research, the paper itself, by stimulating fieldworkers to think about many of the right questions, probably will.

Small, M. L. (2021). What is “Qualitative” in Qualitative Research? Why the Answer Does not Matter but the Question is Important. Qualitative Sociology, 1-8.