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Constructing Social Research The Unity and Diversity of Method by Charles C. Ragin, Lisa M. Amoroso
  

Constructing Social Research The Unity and Diversity of Method

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Part of the Sociology for a New Century Series Series

Synopsis

Constructing Social Research The Unity and Diversity of Method by Charles C. Ragin, Lisa M. Amoroso

Constructing Social Research, Second Edition is a concise, innovative text designed for undergraduate Research Methods courses in the Social Sciences. This Sociology for a New Century Series text effectively highlights the unity and diversity of methods across disciplines and cultures using comparative and historical examples. Ragin and Amoroso clearly demonstrate the similarities among three major traditions: qualitative research on commonalities, comparative research on diversity, and quantitative research on relationships among variables. Together, these three compelling research strategies provide a solid foundation for studying all social phenomena, from examining the complexities of everyday life to investigating the power of transnational processes. New to This Edition - This edition includes a new Chapter 4 The Ethics of Social Research to provide more in-depth information on this vital topic - Ragin and Amoroso offer a new succinct overview of the scientific method, illuminating the contrast between this method and the alternative presented in the text - To illustrate the various types of data collection associated with qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research, each chapter within the Strategies of Social Research section includes new, detailed examples.

About the Author

The primary goal of Charles Ragin, social scientist and innovative methodologist, is to develop methods that help students and researchers unravel causal complexity in their research. This has led to his developing and championing the use of set-theoretic methods in the social sciences, most notably, his Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy set analysis. In a recent review article in Contemporary Sociology entitled The Ragin Revolution (Vaisey review), sociologist Stephen Vaisey describes Ragin's work as a principled alternative to quantitative analysis (which assumes away casual complexity) and qualitative case-based methods (which lack tools for generalizing across cases.) Many who have adopted Ragin's methods believe that these techniques combine the strength of both quantitative and qualitative methods, while transcending their limits.

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Publication date

13th September 2010

Author

Charles C. Ragin, Lisa M. Amoroso

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Paperback
248 pages

Categories

Social research & statistics

ISBN

9781412960182

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