A Survey of how to create alternative methodology in social sciences based on grounded theory model

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 PhD in Political Science, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


The present study aims to examine how to create alternative methodology in social sciences by using qualitative approach of grounded theory and implementing focus group workshops and performing semi-structured interviews with expert professors in social science methodology. The method of the present research is qualitative approach of grounded theory; focus group workshops were held and semi-structured interviews with expert professors in methodology were carried out in several groups during 1392-93. Necessity of using qualitative method in this research is recognition of background factors. Data analysis of research and the theoretical model suggest that causal and structural conditions of cultural and methodological diversity, confusion in the choice of methodology and the lack of any existing methodology in the social sciences, lead to different strategies for combining qualitative and quantitative methods, and establishing interaction between existing methodologies  affected by confounding conditions such as interaction between subject and method, and  taking into account everything in its context, lead to establishment of alternative and native methodologies.  In this article, model of alternative and native methodology in the social sciences will be presented.


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Volume 45, Issue 4 - Serial Number 4
January 2016
Pages 1033-1052
  • Receive Date: 06 October 2014
  • Revise Date: 30 December 2015
  • Accept Date: 12 May 2015
  • First Publish Date: 22 December 2015