In Caja de Herramientas, Estudios urbanos y demográficos

Mixing methods in urban research: exploring city and community social capital


How do mixed methods matter to enrich theoretical and empirical urban research? We have examined this integrated research in the theoretical context of a city and community social capital, methods, as well as the discussion of empirical results to urban research and practice. This paper addresses the mixed methods approach in order to explore the city and community social capital research linkages into practice. We discuss this emerging field through an integrated research with qualitative and quantitative data in three different steps: the research design, gathering data and discussing results. Our method uses a mixing of data that includes interviews (n = 17), ethnographic observation, and archives in order to integrate the collection of information based on cross sectional data (n = 402) with open and closed-ended questions about community and social networks‟ neigborhood. This study has used a combination of methods to obtain a fuller view of the embeddedness of social networks resources in neighbors‟ networks, as well as the community building to address social capital in the construction and maintenance of neighborhoods. We report detailed information about a specific research project, its methodology, data, discussion and implication to neigborhood social capital. Findings provide evidence that our mixed methods produce an integrative component of the research of neighorhood community social capital concerning four axes: network structure; trust and reciprocity in the neighbourhood; resources; and community engagement. Results suggest three significant clusters with important linkages to neighbourliness as well as relevant qualitative data on the analysis of neigborhood organizations‟ relevance to community building. This article shows the merits of these methods to urban research and policy.

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