Comparative method: Official stats


Comparative method: Official stats


  • Practical uses - Quick, cheap and easily accessible
  • Used to establish correlations between variables - DURKHEIN used this method to establish a link between the level of social interrogation and rates of suicide


  • Difficulty of operationalising variables
  • The method usually relies on the use of official statistics which interpretivists argue are socially constructed E.g DURKHEIMS study on official stats on suicide being accurate.


Comparative method of official statistic regarding lab and field experiments.


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