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date: 25 August 2019

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The spirit of multimethod research embraces an openness to the use of more than one method in a research project and the possibility of convergent and divergent findings because both provide opportunities for greater knowledge. Multimethod research, as the term is used here, refers to the use of either multiple quantitative methods, multiple qualitative methods, or mixtures of these two types of methods. This chapter addresses questions and reflects on conundrums that have arisen about multimethods as a social science research strategy. Three categories are considered—first, conundrums about multimethods in relation to the social sciences as science, second conundrums about multimethods in relation to social theory, and third, conundrums raised about where multimethod research, as we understand and define it, fits in relation to other methodological approaches. The chapter begins with a brief historical account of the development of “methods” that have produced the conundrums surrounding multimethod research.

Keywords: multimethod research, multiple quantitative methods, multimethods, conundrums, theory

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