RefurbedScientist Posted December 14, 2011 Share Posted December 14, 2011 I want to gauge the sentiments of the board about the extent of status effects on sociology applicants/grad students/job seekers according to their research methods. I think the ideal answer is that different methods are equally valuable depending on the research question. I suspect the real answer is that the professional culture of sociology displays a preference for quantitative methods (stats at least. More advanced mathematical methods are perhaps another issue). What are your opinions? Is there a bias against purely qualitative methods (e.g. ethnography) in sociology? Are these papers less likely to be published in top journals? Should applicants be discouraged from highlighting "qualitative" research interests during the admissions process? I am expecting that responses may look like, "Qualitative methods are fine for lower-tier programs, but rare in the upper echelons." Am I wrong? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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