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According to interpretivists, why should sociologists use qualitative research methods?

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2

In what way do unstructured interviews from structured interviews?

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3

What is the main attraction of unstructured interviews?

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4

Briefly explain the following practical issues associated with unstructured interviews:
- Rapport
- Training

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5

Briefly explain the following practical issues associated with unstructured interviews:
- Time
- Large amounts of data

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Briefly explain the following practical issues associated with unstructured interviews:
- Checking meanings
- Flexibility

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Briefly explain the following practical issues associated with unstructured interviews:
- Limited knowledge of the subject
- No pre-set questions

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What is the key criterion used by interpretivists to judge the usefulness of a method?

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9

Briefly explain how valid data can be achieved through involvement.

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10

According to Glaser and Strauss, why is it important to develop grounded theory?

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Briefly explain why unstructured interviews are more likely to reveal the interviewee's true meanings.

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12

Why do positivists reject the use of unstructured interviews?

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Briefly outline why positivists argue that unstructured interviews are not reliable.

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14

Why are the answers from unstructured interviews hard to categorise and quantify?

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According to positivists, why are unstructured interviews unlikely to be representative?

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16

Why is representativeness less important for interpretivists?

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According to positivists, why do unstructured interviews lack validity?

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18

Briefly outline the following features of a feminist approach to research:
- Value-committed
- Involvement

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Briefly outline the following feature of a feminist approach to research:
- Equality and collaboration

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20

According to Oakley, why was it advantageous to use unstructured interviews to research women becoming mothers?

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According to Pawson, why is Oakley's approach not distinctively feminists or original?

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22

Briefly explain non-participant observation.

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Briefly explain participant observation.

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24

What type of observation might positivists use?

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25

Briefly describe overt observation.

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Briefly describe covert observation.

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27

Which is the most common form of observation used in sociology?

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28

Using examples, explain the following problems associated with observation:
- Getting in
- Staying in
- Getting out

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29

Define verstehen.

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Briefly outline how participant observation allows a sociologist to gain verstehen.

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