The rise and relevance of qualitative research

  title={The rise and relevance of qualitative research},
  author={Pertti Alasuutari},
  journal={International Journal of Social Research Methodology},
  pages={139 - 155}
  • Pertti Alasuutari
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology
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