What Counts as Qualitative Research? Some Cautionary Comments

The Russian Academy of Sciences
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Journal Article
Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya, 2019, (8), pp. 44-51
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Many doctoral students (PhD students) unconsciously begin as naturalists or emotionalists. They conduct research through interviews to identify people's feelings and opinions on an obvious issue. An analysis of several issues of one journal showed that this naive use of interview data has become a common place for qualitative research. Criticizing one of these articles, I will demonstrate how research based on interviews sometimes simply reproduces the informants' own stories, supplementing them (to divert eyes) with several categories of social science. By focusing on “extracting” suitable fragments from the interview, researchers of this kind do not take into account the fundamental importance of the sequence of our statements and actions.
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