Qualitative Social Research in Spain: Past, Present, and Future. A Portrait


  • Miguel S. Valles Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Alejandro Baer Universität Bayreuth




qualitative methods, Spanish masters, schools, biographical methodology, group dis­cussion methodology, trends, past, present, future


Cartographic work has always gone hand in hand with the effort for the advancement of knowl­edge in many fields. In this paper we will sketch a cartography of qualitative methodology in Spain. Just like a painter who works on a portrait, we will proceed to add layers, colours, per­spec­tives and depth as we go on with our description. The final picture will serve as a window through which the past, present and future of qualitative social research in our country can be observed. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503183


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Author Biographies

Miguel S. Valles, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Miguel S. VALLES (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/beirat/valles-e.htm) is currently a Lecturer of Sociology at the University Complutense of Madrid. His research interests include: social research methodology (combination of quantitative and qualitative methods); history and sociology of social research methods (society, life and methods); qualitative interviewing; grounded theory and qualitative analysis (manual and computer assisted). His main research focus has been within sociology of population (youth, old age, migration).

Alejandro Baer, Universität Bayreuth

Alejandro BAER is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology IV of the University Complutense of Madrid. His research interests are biographical/oral history methodology, visual methods and the intersections between mass media representations, social memory and collective identities. His main research area is audiovisual testimony (theory and methodology for the research and representation of traumatic past events).



How to Cite

Valles, M. S., & Baer, A. (2005). Qualitative Social Research in Spain: Past, Present, and Future. A Portrait. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.15



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