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Qualitative Research Methods #12: Ethnostatistics: Qualitative Foundations for Quantitative Research

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Synopsis:

This volume discusses ethnostatistics - the interpretative study of the construction and use of statistics in social research - and will be of equal interest to qualitative and quantitative researchers across the social sciences. On the understanding that the development of a statistic is inherently a qualitative act, the author shows how this act can be studied and analyzed. The interpretative factors in statistical work can be demonstrated at a variety of levels; Gephart shows how each can be usefully illuminated through the use of ethnostatistics to produce more effective, reflexive social research.

Synopsis:

Averages, ratios, means, modes, medians, tests of significance and best fit...these are now part of our everyday discourse. Yet statistics seemingly threaten to bury us under their sheer weight. Indeed, social science contributes a good deal to the proliferation of statistics while contributing relatively little to our understanding of just how such statistics are produced and used by their makers and consumers. Ethnostatistics, a term coined by Gephart, refers to the study of the social production and use of statistics. He suggests statistics can be used to produce more effective, reflexive social research. After examining the domain, examples, and levels of ethnostatistics, the author outlines a 3-level approach for producing, testing, and examining statistics. "Gephart presents his concept and examples more crisply and systematically than is usual in qualitative sociological writing. This is an implicit and welcome merging of the 'two sociologies.'" --Contemporary Sociology

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803930261
Author:
Gephart, Robert P., Jr.
Publisher:
Sage Publications, Inc
Editor:
Gephart, Robert P.
Author:
Gephart, Robert P.
Location:
Newbury Park :
Subject:
Statistical methods
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Social sciences -- Statistical methods.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Sociology-Reference and Methodology
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 67-71.
Series:
Qualitative research methods ;
Series Volume:
87 (5)v. 12
Publication Date:
19880231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
850x550

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
» History and Social Science » Sociology » General
» History and Social Science » Sociology » Reference and Methodology
» Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Applied

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Product details 72 pages Sage Publications - English 9780803930261 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This volume discusses ethnostatistics - the interpretative study of the construction and use of statistics in social research - and will be of equal interest to qualitative and quantitative researchers across the social sciences. On the understanding that the development of a statistic is inherently a qualitative act, the author shows how this act can be studied and analyzed. The interpretative factors in statistical work can be demonstrated at a variety of levels; Gephart shows how each can be usefully illuminated through the use of ethnostatistics to produce more effective, reflexive social research.
"Synopsis" by , Averages, ratios, means, modes, medians, tests of significance and best fit...these are now part of our everyday discourse. Yet statistics seemingly threaten to bury us under their sheer weight. Indeed, social science contributes a good deal to the proliferation of statistics while contributing relatively little to our understanding of just how such statistics are produced and used by their makers and consumers. Ethnostatistics, a term coined by Gephart, refers to the study of the social production and use of statistics. He suggests statistics can be used to produce more effective, reflexive social research. After examining the domain, examples, and levels of ethnostatistics, the author outlines a 3-level approach for producing, testing, and examining statistics. "Gephart presents his concept and examples more crisply and systematically than is usual in qualitative sociological writing. This is an implicit and welcome merging of the 'two sociologies.'" --Contemporary Sociology
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