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Q methodology as a constructivist methodology

Stenner, Paul (2009). Q methodology as a constructivist methodology. Operant subjectivity: the international journal of Q methodology, 32(1-3) pp. 46–69.

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Abstract

Following a brief discussion of the meanings of constructivism an argument is made to the effect that Q methodology is a constructivist methodology in a sense that is compatible with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. A brief comparison of the ideas of Stephenson and Whitehead is followed by a section outlining Whitehead’s notion of the ‘actual occasion’ as the core of a constructivist approach to nature. It is argued that a comparable conception of the event is at play in Stephenson’s thinking about Q methodology, and that this is key to understanding the quantum theoretical aspects of Q. Some of the procedures of Q methodology are then interpreted in the light of this conception. The conclusion uses the distinction between experience and expression to integregate the ideas of Stephenson, Whitehead and William James into a novel synthesis of potential use to Q methodologists.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Not known
ISSN: 0193-2713
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 30134
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 13:41
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 14:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30134
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