Q methodology as a constructivist methodology

Stenner, Paul (2009) Q methodology as a constructivist methodology Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology, 32 (1-3). pp. 46-69. ISSN 0193-2713

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Following a brief discussion of the meanings of constructivism an argument is made to the effect that Q methodology is a constructivist methodology in a sense that is compatible with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. A brief comparison of the ideas of Stephenson and Whitehead is followed by a section outlining Whitehead’s notion of the ‘actual occasion’ as the core of a constructivist approach to nature. It is argued that a comparable conception of the event is at play in Stephenson’s thinking about Q methodology, and that this is key to understanding the quantum theoretical aspects of Q. Some of the procedures of Q methodology are then interpreted in the light of this conception. The conclusion uses the distinction between experience and expression to integregate the ideas of Stephenson, Whitehead and William James into a novel synthesis of potential use to Q methodologists.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Q methodology; social constructionism; constructivism
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Psychosocial Studies
ID Code:7156
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:05 May 2010
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