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Q Methodology

Q Methodology

Second Edition

June 2013 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Q Methodology defines the distinctive set of psychometric and operational principles which, when combined with specialized statistical applications of correlation and factor-analysis techniques, provide researchers with a systematic and rigorously quantitative means for examining human subjectivity. Based on the premise that subjectivity is communicable and advanced from self-reference, the method's central concern is to ensure that self-reference is preserved and not compromised or confused by external investigation. The authors outline the appropriate principles, techniques and procedures which advance this goal, including data gathering, statistics, and small-sample behavioral research.
About the Authors
Series Editor's Introduction
Chapter 1. Methodological Principles
Chapter 2. Communication Concourses, Q Samples, and Conditions of Instruction
Chapter 3. Person Samples and the Single Case
Chapter 4. Statistical Analysis
Chapter 5. A Concluding Subjective-Science Postscript
Author Index
Subject Index

Bruce F. McKeown

Bruce McKeown is a retired professor of political science. His teaching and research interests include American politics and government, political psychology and sociology, and Western political theory and research methods. His research has appeared in Political Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Science, Operant Subjectivity, and The Journal of Human Subjectivity, among others. With Dan Thomas, he has conducted research pertaining to American civil religion. More About Author

Dani B. Thomas

Dan B. Thomas is professor of political science at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he teaches courses on American political institutions, behavior, and psychology. His research has appeared in a wide array of social science journals, including American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Policy Studies, Polity, Instructional Science, and American Journal of Social Psychology, among others. He is also a former editor of Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal... More About Author

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