Milgram’s mixed methods

A few times since I started my project the topic of Milgram’s Experiment has been raised in a couple of conversations. (I’ll add here that the ethics committee can be reassured by the fact that the references were at all to do with my project.) It is interesting the impact Milgram has had on how we talk about human nature whether over a social dinner or in a conversation about a local cause.

Trying to get around to writing this poster on ethnography and applied research this afternoon, I revisited an article which uses Milgram’s Experiment as an example of a ‘mixed-method study. This is argued as an example of ‘mixed methods’ because it makes extensive use of both variance and process approaches (and both qualitative and quantitative data) to understand this phenomenon, even though the combining of these approaches is never explicitly discussed (Maxwell & Loomis, 2003- cited in Maxwell 2010: 478).

 

Maxwell, J. (2010). “Using Numbers in Qualitative Research.” Qualitative Inquiry 16(6): 475.

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