Comparative Research Across National Borders Essay

815 Words Oct 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Comparative sociological research across national borders can highlight the differences amongst countries, which can be invaluable to identify characteristics of sociology and varying cultures (Jowell et al, 2007). Differing values are important in social research, as contending groups believe their beliefs are more significant than others (Davidov, Schmidt and Schwartz, 2008). The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven survey that aims to chart social change with the perceptions of European citizens toward certain elements within their society. This is achieved by bi-annual research since 2001, with the use of quantitative research and statistical analysis based on a sample of the populations answers to the survey undertaken (European Social Survey, 2016), this information is then generalised as the opinion of the larger population. There have been some critiques towards the methodology process in cross national research (e.g. Bian and Forsythe, 2012: Livingstone, 2003: Koopmans, 2013) due to cultural, individual differences and expanse of data gathered. This paper shall critique the methodology of the research design, the sampling strategy employed and how the ESS deals with non-responsive answers from the participants.
Quantitative research has been shown to be invaluable in measuring equivalence and finding meaningful values in cross national data gathering (Davidov, Schmidt and Schwartz, 2008). According to Fieldhouse, Tranmer, and Russell (2007) the…

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