Ideal for capstone courses in undergraduate social science, or as an invitation to social research, this innovative short text shows what is common across three major traditions: qualitative research on commonalities; comparative research on diversity; and quantitative research on relationships among variables. These three strategies provide a solid foundation for the study of all social phenomena, from the examination of the complexities of everyday life to the investigation of the power of transnational processes.
Charles C. Ragin is Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Northwestern University and Research Fellow at the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research. Best known for his work in comparative methodology, his book The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies won the 1989 Stein Rokkan Prize of the International Social Science Council of UNESCO.
PART ONE: ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
What Is Social Research?
The Goals of Social Research
The Process of Social Research
Ideas and Evidence
PART TWO: STRATEGIES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
Using Qualitative Methods to Study Commonalities
Using Comparative Methods to Study Diversity
Using Quantitative Methods to Study Covariation
Afterword - with Mary Driscoll
The Promise of Social Research