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Review Essay: Jo Reichertz: Die Abduktion in der qualitativen Sozialforschung. Wiesbaden 2003


Grunenberg, Heiko

Review: Reichertz, Jo: Die Abduktion in der qualitativen Sozialforschung. Qualitative Sozialforschung, Bd. 13. Wiesbaden: VS Verl. für Sozialwiss., 2003. 3-8100-3595-5
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Abstract Jo Reichertz' study, "Abduction in Qualitative Social Research," delivers a detailed insight into the phenomenon of "abduction", by which he exceeds the introductory nature of this on-going series of publications. Focusing of Charles Sanders PEIRCE’s perception of abduction, Reichertz extensively reevaluates the concept, conclusively deriving concrete implications for its practical application in qualitative social research. The author criticizes and dashes hopes and myths connected with the abductive procedure and, because of this, readers will find his study both instructive and disillusioning. The book is highly recommended for all those who are interested in wellfounded empirical research because it offers points of interest for newcomers as well as experts in the field of empirical methods. The book rightly restricts the possibilities for abductive procedures. "Abduction in Qualitative Social Research" is an excellent example of how austere methodology can arouse interest in a cheerful manner.
Keywords abduction; qualitative method; research; social research; logic; social science
Classification Philosophy of Science, Theory of Science, Methodology, Ethics of the Social Sciences; Research Design
Document language German
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 241-248
Journal Historical Social Research, 30 (2005) 4
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works