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The Trials and Tribulations of Applied Triangulation: Weighing Different Data Sources

Kern, Florian G (2018) 'The Trials and Tribulations of Applied Triangulation: Weighing Different Data Sources.' Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 12 (2). pp. 166-181. ISSN 1558-6898

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Researchers employ triangulation to increase the validity of inference in qualitative and quantitative research. Leuffen, Shikano, and Walter have presented guidance as to which strategies to use when triangulating data sources. In this article, I explore how their findings can be translated for practical research purposes. I offer an illustrative application concentrating on the political power of traditional political authorities in Uganda and Tanzania. I analyze the status quo of political power and the preferred political power of traditional leaders. To triangulate, I use three sources: (1) constitutional-legal texts, (2) the Afrobarometer survey, and (3) in-depth interviews. I shed light on possible problems and analytical strategies for triangulation in practice, with a specific focus on convergence and divergence of sources.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: triangulation; aggregation; sub-Saharan Africa; traditional political authorities; divergence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 14:12
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:39

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