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Byrne, D. (1997)'Complexity THeory and Social REsearch', Social Research Update [online] Issue 18. Available from: http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/sru/SRU18.html; accessed on 14/2/05

For social research the most important implication of this is that the long running problem of relating the quantitative and qualitative programmes no longer matters, apart from to those who deny any substantive reality to anything other than social actions and therefore regard all measurement as inherently reifying. The rest of us are now able to see the quantitative as itself inherently qualitative, given that the nonlinear and emergent character of social and other significant systems means that we can never establish general non-contextual laws and that the quantitative account itself is simply, but very usefully, a way of describing local contexts and transformation of systems as a whole

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