Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond / Edition 1 by Charles C. Ragin | 9780226702759 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond / Edition 1

Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond / Edition 1

by Charles C. Ragin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226702758

ISBN-13: 9780226702759

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

For 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

Overview

For 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226702759
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Part I. Set-Theoretic versus Correlational Connections
 
            Chapter 1.        Set Relations in Social Research: Basic Concepts
            Chapter 2.        Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy-Set Relations
            Chapter 3.        Evaluating Set Relations: Consistency and Coverage
 
Part II. Calibration versus Measurement
 
            Chapter 4.        Why Calibrate?
            Chapter 5.        Calibrating Fuzzy Sets
 
Part III. Configurations of Conditions versus “Independent” Variables
 
            Chapter 6.        Configurational Thinking
            Chapter 7.        Configurational Analysis Using Fuzzy Sets
                                    and Truth Tables
 
Part IV. Analysis of Causal Complexity versus Analysis of Net Effects
 
            Chapter 8.        Limited Diversity and Counterfactual Cases
                                    coauthored with John Sonnett
            Chapter 9.        Easy versus Difficult Counterfactuals
            Chapter 10.      The Limitations of Net Effects Thinking
            Chapter 11.      Net Effects versus Configurations: An Empirical
                                    Demonstration
                                    coauthored with Peer Fiss
 
            References
            Index

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