The use of the successive pile sort in an ethnographic study of a shelter for battered women
Wong, Penelope A. (1991).The use of the successive pile sort in an ethnographic study of a shelter for battered women. -- In Lambda Alpha Journal, v.22, p.39-53.
Ethnographic data is often regarded solely as qualitative data. Very often, however, quantitative techniques can serve to illuminate patterns and themes in the ethnographic data which would be ordinarily missed. In this paper a formal data collection technique, the Successive Pile Sort, is introduced. Its application to ethnographic data of battered women and its representation through the quantitative technique of multidimensional scaling is discussed.