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Issues in Mixed Methods


Fri 28. 8.  11:00 - 12:30
room FA 550

The integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches in the study of social mobility


Polukhina, Elizaveta; Kochkina, Alexandra
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russian Federation

Sociological studies traditionally explore social mobility (the individual’s movement from one social position to another) applying qualitative or quantitative methods separately. Our project combines both approaches in order to understand the multidimensional and ambivalent nature of social mobility phenomena. The collected research data includes the archive of Russian family histories (120 biographical in-depth interviews with 68 families, conducted in 1992-1994) and quantitative longitudinal data. Surveys interviews revealed the issues of decision making in significant biographical situations including the descriptions of starting and achieved individuals positions as well as members of extended their family (cousins, uncles, aunts and others). Generally, each questionnaire describes the life trajectories of 20-30 family members. We plan to reveal family trajectories of social mobility (based on residential mobility example) including the role of subjective perception (qualitative biographical in-depth interviews) as well as trends of generality (quantitative longitudinal data).