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Методите в социалните емпирични изследвания: методологически традиции и актуални тенденции
Social Survey Methods: Traditions and Current Trends

Author(s): Emilia Chengelova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: methodology; social empirical survey; quantitative and qualitative methods; positivism; phenomenology; combined research methods;

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the complex and contradictory processes of establishing and legitimating quantitative and qualitative methods; these processes are assumed to be logically derived from the development of the concepts of sociological method in two main paradigmatic traditions – the positivist and the phenomenological. The author shows how the very logic of the two paradigmatic approaches presupposes the formation and development of fundamentally different competing methodological traditions in understanding the nature, epistemological grounds, ontological constraints, and functions of the quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection in the social survey. In the context of challenges to sociology arising in the postmodern age, the multi-method approach appears to be a both rational and relevant methodological solution.

  • Issue Year: 45/2013
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 9-28
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian