Method Police or Quality Assurance? Two Patterns of Interpretation in the Struggle for Supremacy in Qualitative Social Research

  • Jo Reichertz Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen
Keywords: qualitative social research, interpretative social research, quality assurance, method police, standards

Abstract

In this article, I take a closer look at the debate that has arisen from 1. the massive changes that qualitative and interpretive social research have undergone in recent years and 2. the associated, clear increase in new methodological approaches. I outline two ideal-typical positions—the order-oriented police and the quality insurance personnel—to make salient again the common foundations of these approaches. A proposal is then presented for a cross-method practice for securing quality—which essentially exists in the use of qualitative/interpretive methods as the teaching of an art.

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Author Biography

Jo Reichertz, Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen
Main research fields:
  • Qualitative methods
  • Sociology of knowledge, culture and religion
  • Analysis of talk, texts and audio-visual data
  • Use of media
  • The work of the criminal investigation department
  • The function of advertising
  • The logic of abduction
Publications
Published
2019-01-27
How to Cite
Reichertz, J. (2019). Method Police or Quality Assurance? Two Patterns of Interpretation in the Struggle for Supremacy in Qualitative Social Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.3205
Section
FQS Debate: Quality of Qualitative Research

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