Title

The essential fit between qualitative methodology and Emirati population: Towards meaningful social science research in UAE

Source of Publication

Social Epistemology

Abstract

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. One of the most fundamental problems plaguing the state of social science research in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the lack of methodologies that appropriately respond to the cultural context of the country. Most social science research published from the region has merely transplanted Western quantitative methods and has proved ineffective as very few social problems in UAE have been appropriately responded to by social science research. This paper suggests the use of qualitative methods to make social science research in UAE more relevant and impactful. This researcher contends that qualitative methods present an epistemological framework that allows for a greater recognition of the cultural uniqueness of the country and that addresses the nuances that make UAE difficult to study under quantitative methods.

Document Type

Article

First Page

344

Last Page

358

Publication Date

1-1-2015

DOI

10.1080/02691728.2014.986556

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Shaima Ahammed, Zayed University

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