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Merged Methods
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Merged Methods
A Rationale for Full Integration



October 2021 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A new turn in mixed methods research is here: merged methods. This provocative book offers a novel analysis of current mixed methods research, complicating traditional approaches and challenging existing techniques.

Moving beyond the binary quantitative-qualitative distinction, the book presents methodologically grounded ways to merge methods in social research and integrate interpretive and structural approaches in one instrument or procedure. 

The book: 

  • Considers the importance of merging both epistemologies and methodologies.
  • Showcases eight merged methods research approaches, from the Delphi method to multimodal content analysis.
  • Explores the opportunities for merging methods using computational techniques, such as text mining.

This innovative book is a must-read for any postgraduate student or researcher across the social sciences wanting to develop their understanding of mixed methods research.

 
Introduction: Setting the Scene for Merged Methods
 
Part I: Epistemology and Methodology
 
Chapter 1: Merged Methods: Development and Emergence of a New Paradigm
 
Chapter 2: Merged Epistemology: Assumptions, Experience, Knowledge
 
Chapter 3: Merged Methodology: A Rationale for Merged Methods
 
Chapter 4: Designing Merged Methods Research
 
Part II: Methods
 
Chapter 5: The Delphi Method: Forecasting Scenarios
 
Chapter 6: The Event History Calendar and Intervey Methods
 
Chapter 7: Q-Methodology: Studying People’s Viewpoints
 
Chapter 8: Multimodal Content Analysis: Texts and Sentiments
 
Chapter 9: Text Mining: From Tacit to Explicit Knowledge
 
Chapter 10: The SYMLOG Method: How to Analyze Behavior and Group Dynamics
 
Chapter 11: Conclusion: The Ways Ahead

A ground-breaking text that dismantles the concepts of qualitative and quantitative, demonstrating how their distinction is both artificial and limiting, instead proposing research techniques that harness their points of interface and maximise their various strengths. An asset to the field.

Felicity Boardman
University of Warwick

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