Monthly Archives: October 2013

Step 3: Realism is a model of stratified reality being composed generatively

This observation about realism builds on my previous step. The emphasis on generative composition I leave to William Outhwaite (1998: pg. 284) who in his discussion of realism and social science observes that ‘the more interesting human actions [which I … Continue reading

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The power of small samples in qualitative research: a seminar for students planning their dissertations in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Q- How big, or small should a sample be in qualitative research? A-    It is not the number of cases that matters, it is what we do with them that counts. Sample size is frequently used to determine the quality … Continue reading

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Step 2: Social reality is not simply captured by description or ideas, but is richer and deeper

‘Social reality is not simply captured by description or ideas, but is richer and deeper’ (Malcolm Williams in Letherby et al., 2013: 105). Reality is stratified and our theories about the social objects we investigate refer to actual features and … Continue reading

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