Longitudinal Research and the Analysis of Social Change

Longitudinal Research and the Analysis of Social Change 220 ELISABETTA RUSPINI change can be greatly enhanced by making more extensive use of longitudinal data. Dynamic data are the necessary empirical basis for a new type of dynamic thinking about the processes of social change (Gershuny, 1998). The possibility of developing research on longitudinal data also builds a ‘bridge’ between ‘quantitative’ and ‘qualitative’ research traditions and enables re-shaping of the concepts of qualitative and quantitative research. The tendency to view the two research traditions as reflecting different epistemological positions and divergent paradigms has led to exaggeration of the differences between them. Con- sequently, quantitative and qualitative research are frequently depicted as mutually exclusive models of the social process. While qualitative research presents a process-oriented view of social life, limitations in the data have restricted many quantitative researchers to static, cross- sectional studies with only inference about process. Bryman (1988: 65–66) stated that there is an implicit longitudinal element built into much qualitative research: the general image that the qualitative researcher conveys about the social order is one of interconnection and change. Great emphasis is placed on social life as an interlocking series of events: this emphasis can be seen as a response to the qualitative researcher’s concern to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Longitudinal Research and the Analysis of Social Change

Quality & Quantity , Volume 33 (3) – Oct 19, 2004
Loading next page...
 
/lp/springer_journal/longitudinal-research-and-the-analysis-of-social-change-db1BIm3Izr
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1004692619235
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

220 ELISABETTA RUSPINI change can be greatly enhanced by making more extensive use of longitudinal data. Dynamic data are the necessary empirical basis for a new type of dynamic thinking about the processes of social change (Gershuny, 1998). The possibility of developing research on longitudinal data also builds a ‘bridge’ between ‘quantitative’ and ‘qualitative’ research traditions and enables re-shaping of the concepts of qualitative and quantitative research. The tendency to view the two research traditions as reflecting different epistemological positions and divergent paradigms has led to exaggeration of the differences between them. Con- sequently, quantitative and qualitative research are frequently depicted as mutually exclusive models of the social process. While qualitative research presents a process-oriented view of social life, limitations in the data have restricted many quantitative researchers to static, cross- sectional studies with only inference about process. Bryman (1988: 65–66) stated that there is an implicit longitudinal element built into much qualitative research: the general image that the qualitative researcher conveys about the social order is one of interconnection and change. Great emphasis is placed on social life as an interlocking series of events: this emphasis can be seen as a response to the qualitative researcher’s concern to

Journal

Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 19, 2004

References

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off