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The Uneven Development of Quantitative Social Science in South Africa

Year: 2002
Working paper number: 006
Author: Seekings, Jeremy
Unit: SSU
Abstract:

The first part of this article reflects on the parlous condition of quantitative social science under apartheid, so as to highlight more clearly the significance of the post-apartheid explosion in quantitative research. I then survey the development of quantitative social sciences over the past five to ten years. This development has been uneven, with rapid change in some fields (notably the study of poverty, inequality and public opinion) not matched in others (such as education). Finally, the article identifies some of the weaknesses of quantitative social science in South Africa, and suggests ways in which these weaknesses can be addressed.


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