Qualitative Research in a Changing Epistemic Context. The Case of a Small Social Science Community

Frane Adam, Darka Podmenik


The fact that qualitative approaches are gaining more and more recognition in social sciences can be explained as a consequence of a change in epistemic and institutional parameters. In this sense we can speak about the "post-positivist" era in which more complex and inclusive research designs are needed. Analyzing the development and the state of the art of qualitative research in a small research community, two conclusions can be drawn. First, the attractiveness and utilization of this approach has been increasing in the last decade, while its institutional status (in terms of academic curricula) is still weak. It has been shown that the major step towards the post-positivist state has been taken by international research projects in which Slovenian social scientists have been involved.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503400


post-positivism; mode 2 production of knowledge; semi-structured interviews; sociology; social work; triangulation

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