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The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies

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Publisher Comments:

"This splendidly original work . . . will become an epistemological landmark appreciated by many different schools of thought that have wrestled with the methodological problems Ragin raises and answers."—Daniel Chirot, University of Washington

"Charles Ragin has produced a well-argued and highly provocative contribution to the growing literature on methods of comparative and historical sociology. While not everyone will agree, all will learn from this book. The result will be to intensify the dialogue between theory and evidence in comparative research, furthering a fruitful symbiosis of 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' methods."—Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

Synopsis:

Charles C. Ragins The Comparative Method proposes a synthetic strategy, based on an application of Boolean algebra, that combines the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative sociology. Elegantly accessible and germane to the work of all the social sciences, and now updated with a new introduction, this book will continue to garner interest, debate, and praise.

Synopsis:

Now with new introductory material, Charles Ragins The Comparative Method proposes a synthetic new strategy, based on an application of Boolean algebra that, by combining the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative sociology, serves as a model of inquiry across the social sciences.

About the Author

Charles C. Ragin is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Preface and Overview

Acknowledgements

1. The Distinctiveness of Comparative social Science

2. Heterogeneity and Causal Complexity

3. Case-Oriented Comparative Methods

4. The Variable-Oriented Approach

5. Combined Versus Synthetic Comparative Strategies

6. A Boolean Approach to Qualitative Comparison: Basic Concepts

7. Extensions of Boolean Methods of Qualitatve Comparison

8. Applications of Boolean Methods of Qualitative Comparison

9. The Dialogue of Ideas and Evidence in Social Research

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520280038
Subtitle:
Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies
Author:
Ragin, Charles C.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology-Reference and Methodology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20140718
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Reference and Methodology
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Reference

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Charles C. Ragins The Comparative Method proposes a synthetic strategy, based on an application of Boolean algebra, that combines the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative sociology. Elegantly accessible and germane to the work of all the social sciences, and now updated with a new introduction, this book will continue to garner interest, debate, and praise.
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Now with new introductory material, Charles Ragins The Comparative Method proposes a synthetic new strategy, based on an application of Boolean algebra that, by combining the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative sociology, serves as a model of inquiry across the social sciences.
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