Quantification and realist methodologies

Dyer, Wendy and Williams, Malcolm (2021) Quantification and realist methodologies. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 24 (1). pp. 109-121. ISSN 1364-5579

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1803527


The use of quantitative methods within realist methodologies are fairly rare. This is perhaps because a realist understanding of the social word as complex and dynamic (messy but not chaotic) does not sit well with traditional variable-based causal analysis which test specific theoretical assumptions, yet cannot account for interaction, moderation and emergence. In this paper, we explore the ontological challenges and epistemological issues which underpin the development of our complex realist approach to quantitative data analysis. We provide an example of its application to a large case-based time-ordered dataset and the resultant discovery of the deep patterns that underlie what happened to similar and different mentally disordered offenders as a consequence of the implementation of a new policy of custody diversion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Realist methodologies, quantification, complex realist, quantitative data
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 09:24
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45067

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