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Arguments for 'British Pluralism' in qualitative health research

Johnson, M, Long, T and White, A 2001, 'Arguments for 'British Pluralism' in qualitative health research' , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33 (2) , pp. 243-249.

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Abstract

Aims of the study. This paper examines the argument that certain qualitative research methods can be used in 'pure' forms. Whilst rigid adherence to particular published procedures might be possible, we argue that in many cases this is neither necessary nor more likely to increase the validity of the research outcome. Methodological purity. In examining the works of well-known claimants to particular research approaches such as grounded theory and phenomenology we show that purity of method is uncommon. In particular it is possible to demonstrate that all published qualitative methods are subject to their own underlying relativist philosophy. The implication of this is that all are social constructions and that their execution will necessarily be negotiated in time and context. Conclusion. We conclude that analysis of varied examples of qualitative research shows methods to be more flexible than is often admitted. What we describe as 'British Pluralism' is an attempt to accept this reality whilst maintaining rigour through integrity, clear accounts, reflexivity and constructive critique of one's own work and that of others.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 03092402
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Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2008 16:40
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56

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