Beyond the existence proof: ontological conditions, epistemological implications, and in-depth interview research

Beyond the existence proof: ontological conditions, epistemological implications, and in-depth... In-depth interviewing is a promising method. Alas, traditional in-depth interview sample designs prohibit generalizing. Yet, after acknowledging this limitation, in-depth interview studies generalize anyway. Generalization appears unavoidable; thus, sample design must be grounded in plausible ontological and epistemological assumptions that enable generalization. Many in-depth interviewers reject such designs. The paper demonstrates that traditional sampling for in-depth interview studies is indefensible given plausible ontological conditions, and engages the epistemological claims that purportedly justify traditional sampling. The paper finds that the promise of in-depth interviewing will go unrealized unless interviewers adopt ontologically plausible sample designs. Otherwise, in-depth interviewing can only provide existence proofs, at best. Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Beyond the existence proof: ontological conditions, epistemological implications, and in-depth interview research

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Springer Netherlands
Copyright © 2012 by The Author(s)
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
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