The Sage Handbook of Case-Based Methods

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Overview

Case-based methods have a long history in the social sciences. They are extensively used and raise many practical and theoretical questions. This book provides a comprehensive, critical examination of case-oriented research. It offers concrete proposals about the best research methods and provides an unparalleled guide to the emergence and complexity of the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412930512
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Byrne

The primary goal of Charles Ragin, social scientist and innovative methodologist, is to develop methods that help students and researchers unravel causal complexity in their research. This has led to his developing and championing the use of set-theoretic methods in the social sciences, most notably, his Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy set analysis. In a recent review article in Contemporary Sociology entitled "The Ragin Revolution" (Vaisey review), sociologist Stephen Vaisey describes Ragin's work as a "principled alternative" to quantitative analysis (which assumes away casual complexity) and qualitative case-based methods (which lack tools for generalizing across cases.) Many who have adopted Ragin's methods believe that these techniques combine the strength of both quantitative and qualitative methods, while transcending their limits.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Case-Based Methods: Why We Need Them; What They Are; How to Do Them - David Byrne
PART ONE: THE METHODOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF CASE-BASED METHODS
Complexity and Case - David L Harvey
The Contextualist Approach to Social Science Methodology - Lars Mjøset
Reflexivity, Realism and the Process of Casing - Bob Carter and Alison Sealey
Single-Case Probabilities - Malcolm Williams and Wendy Dyer
Complex Realist and Configurational Approaches to Cases: A Radical Synthesis - David Byrne
PART TWO: METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF CASE-BASED RESEARCH
Typologies - Ways of Sorting Things Out
Explanatory Typologies in Qualitative Analysis - Colin Elman
Introducing Cluster Analysis: What Can It Teach Us about the Case? - Emma Uprichard
Visualizing Types: The Potential of Correspondence Analysis - Dianne Phillips and John Phillips
How Classification Works, Or Doesn't: The Case of Chronic Pain - Emma Whelan
Quantitative Approaches to Case Based Methods
Case-Centred Methods and Quantitative Analysis - Ray Kent
The Logic and Assumptions of MDSO - MSDO Designs - Gisèle De Meur and Alain Gottcheiner
The Case for Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): Adding Leverage for Thick Cross-Case Comparison - Benoît Rihoux and Bojana Lobe
On the Duality of Cases and Variables: Correspondence Analysis (CA) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) - Ronald L Breiger
Using Cluster Analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis and NVivo in Relation to the Establishment of Causal Configurations with Pre-existing Large N Datasets: Machining Hermeneutics - David Byrne
Qualitative Approaches to Case-Based Research
Computer-Based Qualitative Methods in Case-Study Research - Nigel Fielding and Richard Warnes
Extending the Ethnographic Case Study - Seán Ó Riain
Scope in Case-Study Research - Gary Goertz and James Mahoney
Small-N Access Cases to Refine Theories of Social Exclusion and Access to Socially Excluded Individuals and Groups - Nick Emmel and Kahryn Hughes
Using Comparative Data: A Systems Approach to a Multiple Case Study - Fred Carden
PART THREE: CASE-BASED METHODS IN DISCIPLINES AND FIELDS
Making the Most of an Historical Case Study: Configuration, Sequence, Casing, and the US Old-Age Pension Movement - Edwin Amenta
Poetry and History: The Case for Literary Evidence - John Walton
Social Interactions and the Demand for Sport: Cluster Analysis in Economics - Paul Downward and Joseph Riordan
The Proper Relationship of Comparative-Historical Analysis to Statistical Analysis: Subordination, Integration or Separation? - James Mahoney and P Larkin Terrie
Case Studies and the Configurational Analysis of Organizational Phenomena - Peer C Fiss
The Case in Medicine - Frances Griffiths
Team-Based Aggregation of Qualitative Case Study Data in Health Care Contexts: Challenges and Learning - Sue Dopson, Ewan Ferlie, Louise Fitzgerald and Louise Locock
Working with Cases in Development Contexts: Some Insights from an Outlier - Pip Bevan
Non-Nested and Nested Cases in a Socioeconomic Village Study - Wendy Olsen
Causality and Interpretation in Qualitative Policy-Related Research - David Byrne, Wendy Olsen and Sandra Duggan
Reflections on Casing and Case-Oriented Research - Charles C Ragin

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