On the Problem of Validity of Qualitative Research

Jo Reichertz


Whether the research results put forth by (social) scientists on behalf of their professional vocation and on behalf of their professional standards they adhere to, can be regarded as valid, shall be examined from the perspective of the sociology of knowledge. By means of applying the sociology of knowledge to its own research results, it shall be shown that research and research results are inevitably bound to perspective (in fact, not a surprising insight). Therefore—so the underlying thesis of the argument—, research must be aimed at the systematic production of doubt in order to facilitate maximum extinction of fault. Suggestions are advanced of how qualitative research projects can be defended despite the increasing competition regarding research grants and despite the problematic epistemological position. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0002324


abduction; epistemology; validity; qualitative induction; symbolic capital; logic of research; standards for qualitative research; vagueness; sociology of knowledge

Copyright (c) 2000 Jo Reichertz

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