Quantitative methods and contemporary sociology in francophone Quebec

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  • *Translated from the French by Kathy Sabo, Law, McGill University and Greg Marc Nielson, Department of Sociology, York University. This article was made possible in part through the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec which awarded a research fellowship to F. Beland. We would like to thank Louis Maheu and Danielle Juteau for their comments.

Abstract

Le texte démontre la place marginale qu'occupe la sociologie quantitative dans l'activité officielle de cette discipline au Québec. Les chercheurs qui publient des articles quantitatifs sont peu nombreux et ne contribuent guère au développement des méthodes quantitatives dans la discipline. Les sujets traités se restreignent à quelques domaines seulement. Il semble par contre que les méthodes quantitatives soient plus répandues chez les sociologues non-universitaires. Par ailleurs, les études quantitatives sont perméables aux tendances dominantes de la sociologie québécoise; elles sont centrées sur le Québec comme objet d'analyse et elles utilisent un cadre théorique relativement élaboré.

This paper shows the marginal position of quantitative analysis in the articles published by Quebec francophone sociologists in the major journals of the discipline. Very few sociologists publish quantitative studies and they basically apply methods developed elsewhere. Quantitative analysis is confined to a few subject matters and is completely absent in many domains. It appears, however, that the quantitative approach is more widespread among non-university-based sociologists. Finally quantitative studies share some of the general characteristics of Quebec sociology: they focus almost entirely on Quebec as the object of analysis and they resort to an elaborate conceptual framework.

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