Overly ambitious: contributions and current status of Q methodology

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This essay offers a small description of recent contributions and status of Q methodology by means of a review of suggested best practices, a systematic review of practice, and a methodological audit. Both theoretical and empirical study suggest that Q methodology neither delivers its promised insight into human subjectivity nor accounts adequately for threats to the validity of the claims it can legitimately make. These concerns in turn, render the method inappropriate for its declared purpose, the scientific study of subjectivity, and suspect for the full range of ontological perspectives, from (neo) positivist to constructivist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3109-3126
JournalQuality and quantity: international journal of methodology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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