Podejscie jakosciowe w naukach spolecznych: jakie zyski moze przyniesc demografii laczenie badan jakosciowych z ilosciowymi?
Qualitative approach in social sciences: what can demography gain by mixing qualitative and quantitative studies?
Proceedings of the Section of Demographic Analyses 16/2007
Warsaw, Section of Demographic Analyses KND PAN
in: Metodologia badañ demograficznych: seminarium naukowe 22-24 maja 2006, Zielonka, Poland (2007)
This methodological paper gives a brief overview of qualitative methods and their applications in demography. We argue that a qualitative approach can improve the comprehension of population trends, especially, when they are very complex and occur rapidly. Qualitative methods also allow for a better understanding how local cultures influence demographic behaviors. We present a few examples of qualitative demographic studies, including our own research on family formation in Poland.