Research methods in rural studies: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods

Strijker, Dirk, Bosworth, Gary and Bouter, Gosse (2020) Research methods in rural studies: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Journal of Rural Studies, 78 . pp. 262-270. ISSN 0743-0167

Full content URL:

Research methods in rural studies: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
Authors' Accepted Manuscript
[img] Microsoft Word
mixed methods final version.docx - Whole Document
Restricted to Repository staff only until 26 December 2021.

Item Type:Article
Item Status:Live Archive


In this paper, we analyze the use of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods in the field of rural studies by
means of a content analysis of the leading journals. We begin with a short discussion of the pros and cons of
mixed methods research in rural studies. We then move on to the empirical portion. We use a classification of
published articles for the years 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 in the leading journals in the field: Sociologia
Ruralis, Rural Sociology, and Journal of Rural Studies. We found striking differences in the publication policy of
the three journals regarding methods applied. Sociologia Ruralis primarily accepts articles of a qualitative nature,
and this has scarcely changed over the years. Rural Sociology, on the other hand, accepts mostly quantitative
articles, and this has also been quite stable over time. The Journal of Rural Studies has traditionally been
oriented towards qualitative research, but, in recent years, mixed method approaches play a visible role (around
20% in 2016). JRS is also the only journal that shows a sharp increase in papers of non-Western origin, with an
emphasis on quantitative methods but not on mixed methods. The overall conclusion is that the rural research
context offers considerable scope for a broader and increased application of mixed methods, and this merits
greater attention among rural journals.

Keywords:Research Methods, Mixed Methods, Publication Policy, Rural Studies
Subjects:L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
L Social studies > L727 Agricultural Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:42185
Deposited On:09 Sep 2020 11:18

Repository Staff Only: item control page