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NCJ Number: 97926 Find in a Library
Title: Qualitative Methodolgy - One Source on Debate in Criminology
Journal: Crime and Justice  Volume:7/8  Issue:3/4  Dated:(1979/1980)  Pages:167-174
Author(s): J Poupart
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Current controversy over the use of qualitative methodology in criminology and the sociology of deviance is examined.
Abstract: The use of qualitative methods has been almost exclusively within the tradition of interactionist studies. These works have had a great impact on criminological research. Their use of qualitative approaches have instigated several debates which, while focusing primarily on deviance and social reaction, also extend to more general controversies about sociology as a whole. On one level, debates have centered on the relative value of quantitative versus qualitative methods. At the epistemological level, concern has been with different conceptions of science and the available means by which the researcher may apprehend reality. A final point of contention has been the resulting opposition between positivistic and phenomenological approaches, eventually leading to a new definition of criminology itself. Forty-two references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Criminology; Critiques; Deviance; Research methods; Scientific techniques; Sociology
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