Q Methodology

Paul Stenner, S. Watts, M. Worrell

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Abstract

Q methodology is a mixed blessing. No doubt about it. Any method which has such an openly qualiquantological heritage (see Stenner and Stainton Rogers (2004) for a fuller explanation of this disgraceful neologism) risks being singled out and victimized. This is, after all, a method which has its roots in the psychological laboratories of Charles Spearman and Cyril Burt – laboratories which throughout the 1920s and 1930s were responsible for the invention and refinement of the psychometric techniques that still characterize the discipline today (often to the detriment of qualitative techniques). Yet, if that were not shameful enough, here it is rearing its frankly ugly head (nearly a century later) in the pages of a handbook of qualitative research methods. You see? We warned you. So how did it end up here? That is a good question and we are glad you asked.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology
EditorsC. Willig, W. Stainton Rogers
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSage Research Methods
Pages215-239
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781848607927
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Emotion
  • affect
  • social science
  • social theory
  • affective turn

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    Stenner, P., Watts, S., & Worrell, M. (2008). Q Methodology. In C. Willig, & W. Stainton Rogers (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (pp. 215-239). London: Sage Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781848607927