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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/089124189018002002

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.

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