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Q methodology and rural research

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: Previte, Jo; Pini, Barbara; Mckenzie, Fiona Haslam
  • Journal Name: Sociologia Ruralis
  • Journal Number: Vol.47, No.2
  • Country: Australia

Traditionally, rural scholarship has been limited in its methodological approach. This has begun to change in recent years as rural researchers have embraced a range of different methodological tools. The aim of this article is to contribute to greater methodological pluralism in rural sociology by introducing readers to a method of research that is rarely engaged in the field, that is, Q methodology. The article describes the defining features of the approach as well as providing examples of its application to argue that it is a method that offers particular opportunities and synergies for rural social science research.

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