Qualitative Research in Italy

  • Attila Bruni University of Trento
  • Giampietro Gobo Università degli Studi di Milano
Keywords: history of research methods, qualit­at­ive research


Qualitative research in Italy has gone through hard times. On the one hand it has long been hampered by the hegemony of Crocean idealism. On the other hand survey researchers have also undervalued it. Despite, this from the 1980s qualitative research gained an important role in Italian sociology and at the end of the 1990s it conquered a space in Italian method­ology, still ruled by the survey approach. At the be­ginning of the new millennium qualitative method­ology has become institutionalized in teaching programs and courses of methodology. The article reconstructs, step by step, a history of qualitative research and methodology in Italy. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503410


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Author Biographies

Attila Bruni, University of Trento
Attila BRUNI holds a post-doctoral grant at the department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento (Italy). He is also lecturer of Sociology of Organization at the University of Verona (Italy). He is senior member of the Research Unit on Cognition, Organizational Learning and Aesthetics (http://www.unitn.it/rucola/) at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento. He is a passionate ethnographer and his research interests actually concern objects, scientific knowledge and practice, as well as gender and diversity.
Giampietro Gobo, Università degli Studi di Milano
Giampietro GOBO, associate professor of Methodology of Social Research, has specialized in qualitative and quantitative methods publishing two Italian textbooks: the former about cognitive and communicative aspects of survey interview (Milan: Angeli, 1997); the latter on the ethnographic methodology (Rome: Carocci, 2001). His current research interests concern in organizational studies, mainly on cooperative work in workplace and management. Former chair of the Research Network on Qualitative Methods of ESA (European Sociological Association), he has recently co-edited (with C. SEALE, J.F. GUBRIUM and D. SILVERMAN) Qualitative Research Practice, Sage (2004).
How to Cite
Bruni, A., & Gobo, G. (2005). Qualitative Research in Italy. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.10
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