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Interpretive Social ScienceAn Anti-Naturalist Approach$
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Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198832942

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198832942.001.0001

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Interpretive Social Science

Mark Bevir

Jason Blakely

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws on the latest methodological literature in order to show how an anti-naturalist framework justifies multi-methods in social science research. Contrary to the widespread debate that pits “quantitative” versus “qualitative” methods, researchers are free to use methods from across the social sciences provided they remain aware of anti-naturalist concepts and concerns. Leading methods are analyzed in light of the latest social science, including: mass surveys, random sampling, regression analysis, statistics, rational choice modeling, ethnography, archival research, and long-form interviewing. A full-blown interpretive approach to the social sciences can make use of all the major methods and techniques for studying human behavior, while also avoiding the scientism that too often plagues their current deployment.

Keywords:   multi-methods, random sampling, regression analysis, rational choice, ethnography, qualitative versus quantitative

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