The comparatve method

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  • The comparative method
    • no experiments, researcher identifies two groups very alike apart from variable interested in and compares secondary data
    • strengths
      • can be used to study the past
      • no artificiality
      • cheap and easy
      • no ethical problems
      • favoured by interpretivists
    • weaknesses
      • uses secondary data
      • researcher has no control over EV's so difficult to establish c+e
      • not favoured by interpretivists
    • example/ durkiem- suicide rates of different religions. compared and found catholic lower than protestant

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