Academic journal article Political Research Quarterly


Academic journal article Political Research Quarterly


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In the June, 2002, issue of the Political Research Quarterly 55 (2), beginning on p. 457, appears a field essay entitled

"Reading" "Methods" "Texts":

How Research Methods Texts Construct Political Science

authored by Peregrine Schwartz-Shea and Dvora Yanow.

Beginning on the sixth line from the bottom of p. 480 and encompassing the rest of that paragraph (p. 481) of that essay, PLEASE READ AS CORRECTED:

As long as this position is taken, the quantitative-qualitative distinction will survive as a proxy for differing epistemological and ontological presuppositions concerning, or attitudes toward, the appropriate role of language in a science of politics: those favoring positivist presuppositions see language (with its potentially multiple and imprecise meanings) as the bane of "social science" and hence "words" are best turned into numbers for the purpose of analysis; in contrast, those favoring interpretive presuppositions see language as a natural part of "social science" and promote methods of interpretive data access and analysis that engage the ambiguous and multifold social context. …

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