Humanities and social scientific research methods in porn studies

McKee, Alan (2014) Humanities and social scientific research methods in porn studies. Porn Studies, 1(1-2), pp. 53-63.

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Abstract

Porn studies researchers in the humanities have tended to use different research methods from those in social sciences. There has been surprisingly little conversation between the groups about methodology. This article presents a basic introduction to textual analysis and statistical analysis, aiming to provide for all porn studies researchers a familiarity with these two quite distinct traditions of data analysis. Comparing these two approaches, the article suggests that social science approaches are often strongly reliable – but can sacrifice validity to this end. Textual analysis is much less reliable, but has the capacity to be strongly valid. Statistical methods tend to produce a picture of human beings as groups, in terms of what they have in common, whereas humanities approaches often seek out uniqueness. Social science approaches have asked a more limited range of questions than have the humanities. The article ends with a call to mix up the kinds of research methods that are applied to various objects of study.

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ID Code: 66433
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: pornography, methodology, quantitative, qualitative, textual analysis
DOI: 10.1080/23268743.2013.859465
ISSN: 2326-8743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 22:41
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 08:23

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