Thinking through cases: articulating variable and narrative logics on a longitudinal analysis of drug use and school drop out

Østergaard, Jeanette and Thomson, Rachel (2020) Thinking through cases: articulating variable and narrative logics on a longitudinal analysis of drug use and school drop out. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 23 (4). pp. 423-436. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

Mixed methods longitudinal studies continue to be rare, yet have potential for transcending the limits of qualitative and quantitative paradigms. This article compares the life stories of 47 young people generated from a cohort study of 6000 children born in 1995. The cases were sampled through an association between two variables – drug use and leaving school early – generating a four field table. Comparing the cases within and across each table cells, we question the ‘black box’ logic that underpins the assumption that cannabis smoking is consequential for educational success. Moving into a qualitative paradigm we reconceptualise the cases as butterflies captured in a net and work deductively to understand the species captured. Culminating with an analysis of a single case over time, we argue that narrative approaches are the starting point for understanding subsequent social action, providing a basis for larger scale quantitative modeling.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article is part of a special issue on Narrative Sense-Making and Prospective Social Action
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2021 15:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88295

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