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The rivalry between quantitative and qualitative techniques in sociological research: a discourse

IU Nwankwo


This paper examined quantitative and qualitative techniques as applicable to sociological research. It reviewed their characteristics, merits and problems and decried seeming rivalry and tendency for some sociologists to view the two approaches in opposition. It argues that although either quantitative or qualitative technique may have comparative advantage in some specific research circumstances, yet the two techniques are mutually inclusive and complement each other in sociological inquiry. The two techniques are therefore relevant for fuller appreciation of social reality.

Keywords: Rivarly, Quantitative, Qualitative, Research, Mutual co-existence, Complementary

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