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Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research$
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Donatella della Porta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719571.001.0001

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Triangulation in Social Movement Research

Triangulation in Social Movement Research

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Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research

Phillip M. Ayoub

Sophia J. Wallace

Chris Zepeda-Millán

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the use of multiple data sources and collection methods, or triangulation, in research design. It addresses both the benefits and concerns related to mixed-methods approaches (focusing on the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods), followed by illustrative examples of how to select and effectively apply the appropriate methods with which to address a given research problem. Drawing on examples from work on transnational LGBT rights activism in Europe and immigrant rights activism in the United States, the chapter demonstrates how the use of multiple methods and data sources can shed light on often-neglected areas of social movement research, such as the diffusion of norms across borders and the relationship between time, space, and protests. It is argued that triangulation allows for the analyst to paint a more holistic picture of the complex phenomena, serving as an approach for sound explanation, enhanced theory-building capacity, and deeper understanding.

Keywords:   triangulation, mixed-methods, qualitative and quantitative, research design, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, social movements

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