The logic of naturalistic inquiry

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A version of the research act, termed naturalistic behaviorism, is presented and compared to existing formulations of the method. A sensitizing framework for organizing naturalistic studies is presented. Special attention is given the problems of sampling, measurement, and causal analysis. Examples from an ongoing study of early childhood socialization are presented as tentative solutions to the sampling and analysis issues. Central weight is given to introspective—investigator accounts of social process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-182
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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