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The problem of the concept: Herbert Blumer on the relationship between concepts and data

Hammersley, Martyn (1989). The problem of the concept: Herbert Blumer on the relationship between concepts and data. Journal of Comtemporary Ethnography, 18(2) pp. 133–159.

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Abstract

The question of the relationship between concepts and data is central to sociological methodology. It is also an issue that divides quantitative and ethnographic approaches. The most influential ethnographic treatment of this problem is that provided by Herbert Blumer. This article offers a detailed account and a critical assessment of Blumer's position. Its conclusion is that while his discussion of the problem is instructive he fails to provide a convincing solution.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1989 Sage Publications
ISSN: 0891-2416
Extra Information: Reprinted in H. J. Helle (ed). Verstehen and Pragmatism: Essays in Interpretative Sociology. Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1991
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 20408
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2010 14:27
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20408
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