Mixed methods research: What it is and what it could be

Rob Timans*, Paul Wouters, Johan Heilbron

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Combining methods in social scientific research has recently gained momentum through a research strand called Mixed Methods Research (MMR). This approach, which explicitly aims to offer a framework for combining methods, has rapidly spread through the social and behavioural sciences, and this article offers an analysis of the approach from a field theoretical perspective. After a brief outline of the MMR program, we ask how its recent rise can be understood. We then delve deeper into some of the specific elements that constitute the MMR approach, and we engage critically with the assumptions that underlay this particular conception of using multiple methods. We conclude by offering an alternative view regarding methods and method use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-216
JournalTheory and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Data
  • field analysis
  • Mixed methods research
  • Multiple methods
  • Reflexivity
  • Sociology of science


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