A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

by Gary Goertz, James Mahoney
     
 

"For too long, qualitative research has been portrayed as the ill-mannered stepchild of quantitative research, hampered by its seemingly primitive analytic techniques and misplaced enthusiasm for understanding and interpreting 'cases.' A Tale of Two Cultures puts an end to this nonsense by highlighting the distinctiveness of qualitative research and

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"For too long, qualitative research has been portrayed as the ill-mannered stepchild of quantitative research, hampered by its seemingly primitive analytic techniques and misplaced enthusiasm for understanding and interpreting 'cases.' A Tale of Two Cultures puts an end to this nonsense by highlighting the distinctiveness of qualitative research and contrasting it point by point with the quantitative approach. The book offers an accessible, comprehensive challenge to conventional views."—Charles Ragin, University of Arizona

"Goertz and Mahoney draw out for readers why the contrasting approaches to social science are appropriate given the overall goals and assumptions of the two paradigms, and then enable readers from both sides to see the alternative perspective and reconsider their own approach and goals. A Tale of Two Cultures offers a clear challenge to the fundamentals of how we do research."—Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University

"I greatly admire this book. Goertz and Mahoney are widely respected innovators in qualitative methodology, and their mastery is evident in the range of topics covered, the ingenuity of their arguments, and the clear and confident prose that makes the book accessible to a wide audience. A Tale of Two Cultures will spark necessary and useful debate; it is a great contribution to political methodology."—David Waldner, University of Virginia

"A Tale of Two Cultures is beautifully written and compellingly argued. This terrific book will be widely read, taught, and cited."—Colin Elman, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691149714
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/09/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
710,319
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

  • 1. Introduction 1
  • 2. Mathematical Prelude: A Selective Introduction to Logic and
    Set Theory for Social Scientists 16

I. CAUSAL MODELS AND INFERENCE

  • 3. Causes-of-Effects versus Effects-of-Causes 41
  • 4. Causal Models 51
  • 5. Asymmetry 64
  • 6. Hume's Two Definitions of Cause 75

II. WITHIN-CASE ANALYSIS

  • 7. Within-Case versus Cross-Case Causal Analysis 87
  • 8. Causal Mechanisms and Process Tracing 100
  • 9. Counterfactuals 115

III. CONCEPTS AND MEASUREMENT

  • 10. Concepts: Definitions, Indicators, and Error 127
  • 11. Meaning and Measurement 139
  • 12. Semantics, Statistics, and Data Transformations 150
  • 13. Conceptual Opposites and Typologies 161

IV. RESEARCH DESIGN AND GENERALIZATION

  • 14. Case Selection and Hypothesis Testing 177
  • 15. Generalizations 192
  • 16. Scope 205
  • 17. Conclusion 220

Appendix 227

Name Index 231

Subject Index 235

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