Q Methodology

Stenner, Paul, Watts, S. and Worrell, M. (2008) Q Methodology In: Willig, C. and Stainton Rogers, W., eds. The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. Sage Research Methods, London, pp. 215-239. ISBN 9781848607927

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Q methodology is a mixed blessing. No doubt about it. Any method which has such an openly qualiquantological heritage (see Stenner and Stainton Rogers (2004) for a fuller explanation of this disgraceful neologism) risks being singled out and victimized. This is, after all, a method which has its roots in the psychological laboratories of Charles Spearman and Cyril Burt – laboratories which throughout the 1920s and 1930s were responsible for the invention and refinement of the psychometric techniques that still characterize the discipline today (often to the detriment of qualitative techniques). Yet, if that were not shameful enough, here it is rearing its frankly ugly head (nearly a century later) in the pages of a handbook of qualitative research methods. You see? We warned you. So how did it end up here? That is a good question and we are glad you asked.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion; affect; social science; social theory; affective turn
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.4135/9781848607927
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2014 15:26
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7152

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