Review: Christian Seipel & Peter Rieker (2003). Integrative Sozialforschung. Konzepte und Methoden der qualitativen und quantitativen empirischen Forschung [Integrative Social Research. Concepts and Methods of Qualitative and Quantitative Research]

  • Nicole Burzan TU Dortmund
Keywords: qualitative and quantitative research methods, integration of research methods, comparison of research methods, triangulation, textbook of empirical research, methodology


This textbook on empirical research methods, written by Christian SEIPEL and Peter RIEKER, deals with the logic of quantitative and qualitative research as well as different methods of empirical research. All chapters offer a description of specific research methods and a comparative perspective on both research paradigms. In this context, the authors endeavour to bridge the frequently assumed irreconcilable gap between quantitative and qualitative thinking. In particular, the last chapter of the book is dedicated to potentials and difficulties of combined methodological approaches. It is concluded that, in spite of certain caveats, this book makes a welcome contribution to the increasing demand for methodological open-mindedness of emergent social researchers. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0402114


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Author Biography

Nicole Burzan, TU Dortmund
Dr. Nicole BURZAN ist Junior-Professorin für Sozialstrukturanalyse und empirische Methoden im Fachbereich Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften der FernUniversität in Hagen. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Quantitative und qualitative Forschungsmethoden, Soziale Ungleichheit, Individualisierung, Zeitforschung, Biographieforschung, "Inklusionsprofile" (ein DFG-Projekt zu einer differenzierungstheoretischen Sozialstrukturanalyse).