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Identifying dissonant and complementary data on women through the triangulation of historical sources
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Centrum för befolkningsstudier)
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 13, no 3, 211-221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

If triangulation and its worth have long been contested amongst social scientists,historians have not discussed it. In this paper, a historical demographer practisesdata triangulation by combining qualitative and quantitative sources. The aim is toexplore how these sources identify nineteenth-century women’s occupations andthus challenge the gender bias found in population registers as they reportincomplete information on women’s work. This bias is acknowledged by feministhistorians and also evident in quantitative records in developing countries. Toexplain the outcome of dissonant data that this historical study shows and shareswith modern triangulation approaches, women’s ability to represent theiroccupational identities in the different sources is discussed. Some of theepistemological implications that arise from the triangulation of data that subsistsunder separate paradigms are also reflected upon. Although triangulation is farfrom infallible, it is argued that it helps to gain, view and question knowledge.

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London: Taylor & Francis , 2010. Vol. 13, no 3, 211-221 p.
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multi-methods research, population registers, qualitative data, quantative data, triangulation, women’s work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42998DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2010.482257ISI: 000278726000003OAI: diva2:410979
Available from: 2011-06-08 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2011-06-08Bibliographically approved

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