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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Abstract

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
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2014 15:28
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7156

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