Redesigning Social Inquiry
Fuzzy Sets and Beyond
By (author) Charles C. Ragin
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Redesigning Social Inquiry by Charles C. Ragin
Book DescriptionFor over twenty years Charles C. Ragin has been at the forefront of the development of innovative methods for social scientists. In "Redesigning Social Inquiry", he continues his campaign to revitalize the field, challenging major aspects of the conventional template for social science research while offering a clear alternative."Redesigning Social Inquiry" provides a substantive critique of the standard approach to social research - namely, assessing the relative importance of causal variables drawn from competing theories. Instead, Ragin proposes the use of set-theoretic methods to find a middle path between quantitative and qualitative research. Through a series of contrasts between fuzzy-set analysis and conventional quantitative research, Ragin demonstrates the capacity for set-theoretic methods to strengthen connections between qualitative researchers' deep knowledge of their cases and quantitative researchers' elaboration of cross-case patterns. Packed with useful examples, "Redesigning Social Inquiry" will be indispensable to experienced professionals and to budding scholars about to embark on their first project.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226702759
(217mm x 142mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles C. Ragin
Comparative Method, Paperback (July 2014)
Proposes a synthetic strategy, based on an application of Boolean algebra, that combines the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative sociology.
SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods, Paperback (March 2013)
This handbook provides a clear, critical examination of case-oriented research. It defines case-based social research as a subfield of methodology.
Configurational Comparative Methods, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Charles C. Ragin
This new addition to the Applied Social Research Methods series is unrivalled, it is written by leaders in the growing field of rigorous, comparative techniques.
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Author Biography - Charles C. Ragin
Charles C. Ragin is professor of sociology and political science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Fuzzy-Set Social Science and The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies.
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