Advantages and Disadvanages to Quantitative Data

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Advantages and Disadvantages of using Quantitative and Qualitative methods to study Class and Crime Sociological research is incredibly useful in identifying patterns and relationships between social institutions and forces that exist around us today. Class and Crime are at the forefront of these social institutions. Therefore, questions such as ‘Why are their inequalities in class?’ or ‘Are some people predisposed to commit crime?’ arise and it lays upon sociological research to answer these questions. However the type of research we conduct can be compromised and split into two categories; Quantitative (based on positivist data) and Qualitative (Interpreitivst). There are chosen according to the type of research and data the social researcher hopes to find. Each can influence the data and research design in different ways. In this essay, I will explore the advantages and disadvantages of using Qualitative and Quantitative data to research Class and Crime. Using Qualitative data to investigate class allows you to conduct in-depth interviews with the respondent collecting the indicuals perspectivies and expeirneces. For e.g. In (Allen and Mendick, 2013) whose study was centred around the cultural analysis of social class-making in reality TV drew on Qualitative interviews with young people aged between 14-19. Young people, particularly teenages would have been less willing to open upto an authoritative figure and so this allowed the researcher to build a rapport and gain Verstehen whilst also fulfilling an analystical objective such as describing group norms. On the other hand practival issues such as Time and Money would airse. In order to build a successful rapport you would need to find a skilled researcher, which would lead to a higher cost. Furthermore, Access is also an issue as the researcher would need to find a big group of teenagers. Also, this could

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