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

  • Frane Adam University of Ljubljana
  • Darka Podmenik
Keywords: post-positivism, mode 2 production of knowledge, semi-structured interviews, sociology, social work, triangulation


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


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Author Biographies

Frane Adam, University of Ljubljana
Frane ADAM, Ph. D., Full Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Head of the Center for Theoretical Sociology, University of Ljubljana. Main research interests: economic culture, social capital and its impact on governance and developmental performance. Involved in two European (6. Framework Program) research projects, DIOSCURI and CONNEX (Network of Excellence).
Darka Podmenik
Darka PODMENIK, M. A., independent researcher. Main research interests: active citizenship, local democracy. Involved in ETGACE (active citizenship), DIOSCURI and CONNEX.
How to Cite
Adam, F., & Podmenik, D. (2005). Qualitative Research in a Changing Epistemic Context. The Case of a Small Social Science Community. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.14
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