The thorny issue of pluralism, 'paradigm wars' and politics in qualitative methods and mixed methods research

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Abstract

MIXED METHODS RESEARCH is clearly a recognized area of research in psychology. With the ascendancy of that work there does need to be a sustained debate surround methods and approaches in psychology. However, I think that we also need to consider alternative methods and approaches outside of and beyond psychology. In this paper, I will return back to the theme of ‘paradigm wars’ that was presented in the last issue of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin. I want
to consider in more detail some of the key similarities and tensions between methods and approaches in psychology. I will discuss my research where I have drawn on a qualitative mixed methods approach to study textual representations of September 11th and the aftermath. The paper concludes with a discussion about the social, cultural and political implications of psychological knowledge and whether we need to consider alternatives to psychology.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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