Patterns across Nations, Mixed Methods, and the Selection of Countries
The introductory chapter opens with an overview of the massive divide in public opinion about homosexuality and laws related to it across the world. The introduction poses the question of why attitudes about homosexuality differ so substantially across the globe, and it discusses the book’s mixed-methods research design, which is used to investigate this issue. Using explanatory sequential design, this chapter unpacks how the book’s analysis will proceed, starting with an examination of survey data from almost ninety societies. The chapter explains how the cross-national quantitative data fit with the three comparative country case-study chapters that focus on nations that have majority Protestant, Muslim, and Catholic populations. There is also a discussion about how the quantitative examination of attitudes in Confucian societies fits with the Taiwanese interviews, which are used to better understand the forces shaping residents’ attitudes.
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