What Is a Case?
Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry
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What Is a Case? by Charles C. Ragin
Book DescriptionThe concept of the case is a basic feature of social science research and yet many questions about how a case should be defined, selected, and judged are far from settled. The contributors to this volume probe the nature of the case and the ways in which different understandings of the concept affect the conduct and the results of research. The contributions demonstrate that the work of any given researcher is often characterised by some hybrid of these basic approaches, and it is important to understand that most research involves multiple definitions and uses of cases, as both specific empirical phenomena and as general theoretical categories.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521421881
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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.
Redesigning Social Inquiry, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Charles C. Ragin
Offers a critique of the standard approach to social research - namely, assessing the relative importance of causal variables drawn from competing theories. This book proposes the use of set-theoretic methods to find a middle path between quantitative and qualitative research.
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