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  1. Little Blue Book

    Chapter Four: Linking Up, 3rd

    Harry F. Wolcott

    Found in: Writing Up Qualitative Research (3rd ed.), 3rd


    Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun … To this point, I have focused single-mindedly on the stated purpose of your research and have urged you to do the same. I have gone so far as to suggest that you draw at...

    Methods: Thesis , Research report , Theory , Writing , Journal articles , Writing up , Literature review , Qualitative research , Dissertation

  2. “Historicity and Sociohistorical Research”

    John R. Hall

    Found in: The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology


    History and the social sciences converge in a broad domain defined in its origins through works by notables such as Ibn Khaldun, Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Marc Bloch. By the 1960s the efflorescence of the historical social sciences began to give r...

    Methods: Historical research , Theory , Praxis

  3. Verstehen


    The A-Z of Social Research (2003)

    Verstehen is a term associated with the Geisteswissenschaften tradition (translated roughly as cultural and social sciences] in German social philosophy in the nineteenth century, particularly through the work of Dilthey. It gained wider use in the...


    Methods: Concepts & philosophies , Verstehen , Understanding

  4. Evaluation for the 21st Century: A Handbook

    Evaluation for the 21st Century: A Handbook

    Eleanor Chelimsky & William R. Shadish


    What methodological tools have been most useful in doing evaluation? What are some of the new methodologies that are being used and developed? Will the types of things evaluated expand from programs, personnel, and products to foreign aid, medical technology, environmental intervent...


    Methods: Measurement , Auditing , Policy evaluation , Evaluation , Performance , Comparison

  5. SRM Datasets

    Making Comparisons of Interview Data and Drawing Out Themes: Experiences of Working in Higher Education

    Jamie Harding


    This example focuses on one of the first stage of the analysis of interview data, where the researcher has the transcripts and faces the challenge of trying to make sense of them. The approach taken is thematic analysis, although it ...


    Methods: Thematic analysis , Comparison

    Data Types: Interview Transcripts

  6. Journal Article

    "Causation in the Social Sciences: Evidence, Inference, and Purpose"

    Philosophy of the Social Sciences (2009)

    In recent years, philosophers have slowly come to realize that the marginal benefit of continuing the quest for a monistic account of causation, an account that provides a characterization of a single set of features that distinguishes all causal from noncausal relatio...

    Methods: Hypothesis , Inference , Causation , Concepts & philosophies

  7. “Chapter 7. Methods of Qualitative Research”

    Jerry W. Willis

    Found in: Foundations of Qualitative Research: Interpretive and Critical Approaches


    Following the general pattern of use in the literature, in this book the word method is used to refer to a particular procedure for collecting and analyzing data. For the same reason, methodology is used in discussing the broad principles and guidelines that or...

    Methods: Participatory action research , Historiography , Participatory research , Historical research , Ethnography , Cases , Postpositivism , Qualitative research , Participation , Interviews , Case study , Emancipatory research , Action research , Emancipation , Interpretivism , Critical theory

  8. “Comparative-Historical Methods: An Introduction”

    Matthew Lange

    Found in: Comparative-Historical Methods


    Comparative-historical methods: An introduction Since the rise of the social sciences, researchers have used comparative-historical methods to expand insight into diverse social phenomena and, in so doing, have made great contributions to our understanding of the so...

    Methods: Units of analysis , Historical research , Quantitative research , Comparative research , Comparison , Concepts & philosophies , Qualitative research , Ideographic

  9. “An Intellectual History and Overview of Comparative-Historical Analysis”

    Matthew Lange

    Found in: Comparative-Historical Methods


    An intellectual history and overview of comparative-historical analysis Comparative-historical methods have been around for a long time. For example, Ibn Khaldun used them in his fourteenth-century history of the world. During the Enlightenment, key figures such as...

    Methods: Theory , Historical research , Comparative research , Comparison , Discipline , Ideographic

  10. “The Within-Case Methods of Comparative-Historical Analysis”

    Matthew Lange

    Found in: Comparative-Historical Methods


    The within-case methods of comparative-historical analysis According to the definition provided in Chapter 1 , comparative-historical analysis has two main methodological components that are evident in the name of the research tradition. This chapter provides an over...

    Methods: Single case , Historical research , Causation , Comparison , Network analysis , Cases , Analysis , Geographic information systems

  11. “The Comparative Methods of Comparative-Historical Analysis”

    Matthew Lange

    Found in: Comparative-Historical Methods


    The comparative methods of comparative-historical analysis According to the renowned comparative historian Marc Bloch (1953), “there is no true understanding without a certain range of comparison” (42). Although Bloch's claims have subsequently been ignored by many of h...

    Methods: Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) , Variables , Historical research , Quantitative data analysis , Comparative research , Comparison , Narrative research

  12. Comparative analysis

    Robert L. Miller & John D. Brewer

    The A-Z of Social Research (2003)

    The comparative method is one of the oldest in the social sciences. In the eighteenth century, John Hume and Adam Smith both outlined what they called the constant comparative method; nineteenth century sociology was premised on comparisons of social processes across nati...

    Methods: Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) , Historical research , Comparison , Cases

  13. Little Green Book


    Daniele Caramani

    Found in: Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra


    Reviewing the development of the rend of comparison in the social sciences is important as it stresses the similarities and the common roots of statistical and comparative methods. Reflection on comparison is closely related to its rend in the very logic of scientifi...

    Methods: Historical research , Quantitative data analysis , Comparison

  14. “Meaning and use of the comparative method: research design”, Second Edition

    Paul Pennings, Hans Keman & Jan Kleinnijenhuis

    Found in: Doing Research in Political Science, Second Edition


    There has been continuing debate about what, if and when, why and how to compare (e.g. Lijphart, 1975; Roberts, 1978; Dogan and Pelassy, 1990; Rueschemeyer et al., 1992; Keman, 1993d). Before we go into the comparative method as such in more detail, we shall first focu...

    Methods: Variables , Historical research , Research design , Comparative research , Comparison

  15. “Historical Analysis”


    Found in: Handbook of Data Analysis


    This chapter places the process of data analysis in the broader context of historical inquiry. It examines the relationship between historical occurrences, historical evidence, historical analysis and some key feedback loops between them. It then goes on to conside...

    Methods: Historical research , Comparison

  16. “Individual and Collective Agency”

    Thomas Schwinn

    Found in: The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology


    The relation between individual action and social structures is one of the central fundamental problems in sociology. It has accompanied it throughout its existence and has been the focus of repeated vigorous debates. One can distinguish three phases of particularly in...

    Methods: Experiments , Individuals , Agency

  17. Journal Article

    "Comments on Elias's ‘Scenes from the Life of a Knight’"

    Theory, Culture & Society (1987)

    In one of his few published references to the work of Norbert Elias, Anthony Giddens (1984: 129) writes dismissively in The Constitution of Society that: In spite of Elias's claims that sexual activity was ca...

    Methods: Historical research , Context , Art

  18. Journal Article

    "Recalling the Letter: The Uses of Oral Testimony in Historical Studies of Literacy"

    Written Communication (2007)

    This article examines the uses of oral testimony in writing about literacy in historical context, especially about the literacy traditions of populations “hidden from history”-immigrants, refugees, and undocumented persons-who are entering U.S. schools and workplaces...

    Methods: Testimony , Historical research , Archival research , Oral history interview , Oral history

  19. Journal Article

    "Writing an Intellectual History of Scientific Development: The Use of Discovery Accounts"

    Social Studies of Science (1976)

    Recently I presented, with others, a general statement of the sequence of social and intellectual processes which characterize the emergence, growth and final decline of specific areas of scientific endeavour. 1 A central concern of my own research has been to exami...

    Methods: Historical research , Writing , Scientific method

  20. Making Sense of Social Research

    Making Sense of Social Research

    Malcolm Williams


    What are the essentials for undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in quantitative and qualitative research? How can the gap between formulating a research question and carrying out research be bridged? This accessible, well-judged text provides students with a matchless introductio...


    Methods: Positivism , Ethics / Research ethics , Scientific method , Literature review , Mixed methods , Qualitative research , Understanding , Realism , Truth claims , Research questions , Methodological pluralism , Sampling , Research design , Regression , Interpretivism , Critical theory

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