Jan 13 prerelease notes Jones Sociology

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Methods
Qualitative
Open questions so understand thoughts and feelings
Jones study age identity and how it is constructed by retirement
Interviews
A conversation which one person gathers information from another
Jones interviewed 20 people each lasting 90-120 minutes
Unstructured interviews
Questions generated from responses
Jones interviewed 20 with no set questions
Purposive sample
Participants selected on characteristics so fit purpose
Jones used database from organisation so sampling frame based on purpose
Theories
Interpretivists
Only way of understanding behaviour through empathy
Seek how they feel and act
Jones participants feelings and actions on lifestyle and cultural choice now
retired
From this generate key themes
Strengths
Qualitative
Imposition
o Can talk freely at length and depth
o Jones had plenty of time for participants
Validity
o Gain complete picture as encourages depth and detail
o Jones gained true to life picture of retirement
Meaning
o Study meanings of the behaviour
o Jones studied how people feel and react to retirement

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Interviews
Precise
o Interview can clarify any questions participants are not sure of
o Jones can get the true picture and valid results
Response rate
o People will respond to the questions
o Jones has all the information he needs to complete study
Unstructured interviews
Validity
o Means they can further probe to get a full picture of the how and why
o Jones could gain Verstehen through people giving their full issues and
opinions
Flexibility
o Not restricted so things that might not of…read more

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Comparisons
o Measuring and comparing behaviour so data can't be standardised
o Jones can't easily compare his respondents
Interviews
Expensive and time consuming
o As interviewer needs to be present
o Jones sample suggest it was small as he only did 20
Interviewer bias
o Hawthorne effect change response, likely to a lie to gain social
desirability
o Jones might not get the truth of what people do in retirement
Unstructured interviews
Practical and sample size
o Need someone with good social skills but if…read more

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Alternatives
Questionnaire
Sample size
o Larger
o Jones only had 20
Cheaper
o Less time consuming
o Jones took 90-120 minutes with each
Interview effect
o Eliminated
o Jones data could be bias
Conclusion
The use of
Qualitative
o Investigate ­ numbers don't give understanding
o But positivist say sociology should be like science
o Jones gained full and valid responses
Interviews
o Full response
o But time consuming
o Jones gained full understanding on retirement…read more

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