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Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

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Volume 22, Issue 4

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Qualitative research and scientific knowledge: Social science in post-totalitarian academia

Juraj Podoba
  • Institute of Ethnology SAV, Klemensova 19, 81364, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynské Luhy 4, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2012-09-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-012-0047-7

Abstract

The paper presents a critical analysis of the current state of qualitative research approaches in the social sciences and humanities within Slovak academic institutions. The author has been inspired by the metaphor of academic “barbaricum”. This analytical category is based on a model of the relationship between core and periphery, which has no clear function or organisational logic. From the scientific point of view, the core/centre should produce and innovate the theory, whereas the periphery should apply it. In Slovakia—contrary to the situation in Western academia—, the last two decades have seen a growth in the numbers of academic institutions dealing with the humanities (and partly with the social sciences), and stagnation in qualitative social research. The author suggests that if the Slovak social sciences aspire is to becoming part of the so-called European academic space, then this will certainly not be possible without much stronger and extensive support for social research based on qualitative approaches and methods.

Keywords: qualitative research methods; social science; “academic barbaricum”

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Published Online: 2012-09-29

Published in Print: 2012-10-01


Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 591–602, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-012-0047-7.

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