and their methodological claims rest on shaky philosophical foundations. When these confusions are cleared up (a task I have tackled only in a fairly perfunctory way here) nothing of the richness of interpretivist method is lost and indeed in a pluralistic social science can only enhance other methods. Fortunately the argument for pluralism is one that largely won, at least amongst empirical researchers. Multi-method research is both commonplace and well defended for the practical benefits it brings to social investigation (see for example Brewer and Hunter 1989).
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