Constructing Social Research The Unity and Diversity of Method

by Charles C. Ragin, Lisa M. Amoroso

Part of the Sociology for a New Century Series Series

Constructing Social Research The Unity and Diversity of Method Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781412960182
Publication date: 13th September 2010
Author: Charles C. Ragin, Lisa M. Amoroso
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: Social research & statistics,

About Charles C. Ragin, Lisa M. Amoroso

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 ...

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