Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Social Research in Human Geography - an Impossible Mixture?

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Abstract

The author addresses the potential of a multiple-methods approach in human geography, an approach to social research which has received little explicit attention in the geographical literature to date. The relationship between epistemology and methodology are outline, and the similarities and differences between quantiative and qualitative methods are described. Some problems surrounding subjectivity and objectivity in social research are also discussed. In additionk, the relationship between methods and to whom the research is communicated is considered. It is hoped that the paper will stimulate future discussion both of the theoretical implications and of the practical use of a mixed-methods approach in human geography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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