Interpretivism, also known as antipositivism or negativism, is a style of data interpretation in the social sciences that emphasizes the idea that the social realm may not be subject to the same styles of research as the natural world. Advocates of interpretivism maintain that researchers need to be, first, aware that our concepts, ideas, and language shape how we think about the social world. Thus, the belief that data must be "interpreted" in that light.

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