Empirically Grounded Construction of Types and Typologies in Qualitative Social Research

  • Susann Kluge Universität Bremen
Keywords: type, typology, ideal type, prototype, construction of types and typologies

Abstract

In qualitative social research, there are only a few approaches in which the process of typology construction is explicated and systematised in detail; furthermore, you can find very different concepts of types like ideal types, real types, prototypes, extreme types, types of structure. Because the construction of typologies is of central importance for the qualitative social research, it is necessary to clarify the concept of types and the process of typology construction. Therefore, this article will first present a general definition of the concept of types, and then how this definition forms the basis of rules for a systematic and controlled construction of types and typologies. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001145

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Author Biography

Susann Kluge, Universität Bremen
Susann KLUGE, Dr. phil., Dipl.-Sozialwiss.; geboren 1963; Studium der Soziologie, Psychologie und Rechtswissenschaft in Bremen, Münster und Passau; seit 1992 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Sonderforschungsbereich 186 "Statuspassagen und Risikolagen im Lebensverlauf" der Universität Bremen (hierzu weitere Infos unter: http://www.sfb186.uni-bremen.de). Forschungsschwerpunkte: Methodologie und Methoden qualitativer Sozialforschung, empirisch begründete Typenbildung in der qualitativen Sozialforschung, Verknüpfung qualitativer und quantitativer Verfahrensweisen, Computergestützte Verfahren qualitativer Sozialforschung, Archivierung und Anonymisierung qualitativen Datenmaterials, Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
Published
2000-01-31