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A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Gary Goertz and James Mahoney


Some in the social sciences argue that the same logic applies to both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This book demonstrates that these two paradigms constitute different cultures, each internally coherent yet marked by contrasting norms, practices, and toolkits. The book identifies and discusses major differences between these two traditions that touch nearly every aspect of social science research, including design, goals, causal effects and models, concepts and measurement, data analysis, and case selection. Although focused on the differences between qualitative and quantita ... More

Keywords: social science research, logic, quantitative research, qualitative research, concepts, causal effects, data analysis, case selection, social sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149707
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Goertz, author
University of Arizona

James Mahoney, author
Northwestern University