Qualitative research in social and organizational psychology: the Italian way

Silvio Carlo Ripamonti, Laura Galuppo, Ilaria Vergine, Lorenzo Montali, Angelo Benozzo, Alessandra Frigerio, Marco Gemignani

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Abstract

This article provides a description of the presence of qualitative research in Italian social and organisational psychology. The first section of the article identifies three major phases of qualitative methods and the factors that, from the 1990s, played a major role in their development: the legitimisation of qualitative research in sociology, the rising of theoretical perspectives expressing a critical stance toward the hegemonic quantitative and experimental approach of the discipline, and the demand for qualitative studies from public and private clients. In the second section, we present a review of the scientific articles published in the last five years. Our analysis shows that the health field stands out as having the greatest number of publications, both for social and organizational psychology; the absolute prevalence of the interview as a data collection method; and that Grounded theory, Discourse analysis, and Conversation analysis are the most cited references for data analysis. We discuss these results in relation to the set of rules that regulates the careers of researchers in Italy (and abroad), and to the only partial acceptance of qualitative research in Italian psychology.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)441-463
Numero di pagine23
RivistaQualitative Research in Psychology
Volume16
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019

Keywords

  • Italy
  • Qualitative research
  • history
  • research traditions

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