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Concatenated exploration: notes on a neglected type of longitudinal research

Concatenated exploration: notes on a neglected type of longitudinal research Concatenated exploration refers at once to a research process and the resulting set of field studies that are linked together, as it were, in a chain leading to cumulative grounded theory. It is a form of longitudinal, qualitative research which, unfortunately, has been largely neglected by field researchers in sociology. The methodological and theoretical foundations of concatenated exploration are set out and its advantages and disadvantages assessed. One of its important strengths is the opportunity it makes available for qualitative researchers to push the study of a set of related groups or social processes toward increased methodological and theoretical rigor (both qualitative and quantitative) without sacrificing the flexibility needed for exploration and the further development of grounded theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Concatenated exploration: notes on a neglected type of longitudinal research

Quality & Quantity , Volume 26 (4) – Jul 1, 2004

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Springer Journals
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Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
DOI
10.1007/BF00170454
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Abstract

Concatenated exploration refers at once to a research process and the resulting set of field studies that are linked together, as it were, in a chain leading to cumulative grounded theory. It is a form of longitudinal, qualitative research which, unfortunately, has been largely neglected by field researchers in sociology. The methodological and theoretical foundations of concatenated exploration are set out and its advantages and disadvantages assessed. One of its important strengths is the opportunity it makes available for qualitative researchers to push the study of a set of related groups or social processes toward increased methodological and theoretical rigor (both qualitative and quantitative) without sacrificing the flexibility needed for exploration and the further development of grounded theory.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 1, 2004

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