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I need to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative and quantitative research. Suppose I were to study police brutality, what methods of research (demographics, historical data, surveys, interviews, or observation) would I need to utilize?

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For this kind of study, I would use quantitative methods. It is really dependent on the type of focus. If you want to focus on the experience of brutalization or being the person doing the brutalizing, then you might want to use the qualitative approach.

With quantitative methods, you can analyze the numbers of cases based on states, cities, race, and using demographics and data from the census. Or to compare past and present types of brutality, locations, and effects you can use historical data. Surveys of people in communities can get you a perspective of what the population thinks about brutality and you can compare them among races, ethnicity, gender, and ...

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The advantages and disadvantages of qualitative and quantitative research methods are compared. If police brutality was studied, what method of research would be utilized.