Political Science - Principles of Research Research Classification Essay - Analyse : Wierenga, A. (2011) “Transitions, local culture and human dignity: Rural young men in a changing world” Journal of Sociology 47(4): 371-386

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This research paper will examine the conditions of working class young men and the challenges they face transitioning into urban environments due to their rural upbringing. The focus of this paper is assessing young people and their beliefs about identity, as well as their viewpoints on cultural practices. An examination of the narratives provided by the participants of the research conducted by Wierenga provides an insightful explanation of cultural practices and resources, as well a foundational understanding of the role of trust in rural cultures. Although Wieregna's research techniques present a few discrepancies which affected the legitimacy of her overall argument, the notion that rural workingmen are facing challenges due to their cultural beliefs and views on identity holds some form of consistency as proven by the qualitative and interpretivist research techniques.

A Qualitative researcher studies spoken and written representations and records of human experience.

(Punch, 2005 p168) During the initial research phase, Wierenga conducted a qualitative type of research, which involved interviewing thirty-two participants who were picked based on a criteria of diversity including different classes, gender and ethnicity backgrounds. Narratives of the thirty-two participants were then collected and analyzed. Later in the research, Wieregna singled out her participants to only working class young men, which ultimately narrowed the spectrum of diversity of participants who contributed to the research.

The number of participants plays a vital role in accumulating information that will be used as the main datasets for the basis of research. Wierenga not only limited herself to only interviewing thirty-two people, but narrowed down the spectrum even further by singling out only working class young men. The number of working class young men goes unmentioned. In terms of research methodology, Wierenga's approach was unreliable as a research project consisting of...