Social Science Methodology: A Criterial Framework / Edition 1

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Overview

This book offers a one-volume introduction to social science methodology relevant to the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. It is written for students and practitioners, as well as methodologists, and applies to work conducted in qualitative and quantitative style. While offering a handy overview of this vast and diverse subject, the book is also an argument about how we should conceptualize methodological problems. Tasks and criteria, the author argues - not fixed rules of procedure - best describe the search for methodological adequacy. Thinking about methodology through this lens provides a new framework for understanding and conducting work in the social sciences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521805131
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gerring (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1993) is Professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he teaches courses on methodology and comparative politics. His books include Party Ideologies in America, 1828–1996 (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Case Study Research: Principles and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2007), A Centripetal Theory of Democratic Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Concepts and Method: Giovanni Sartori and His Legacy (Routledge, 2009), Social Science Methodology: Tasks, Strategies, and Criteria (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Global Justice: A Prioritarian Manifesto (in process), and Democracy and Development: A Historical Perspective (in process). He served as a fellow of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), as a member of The National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Programs to Support the Development of Democracy, as President of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and is the current recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to collect historical data related to colonialism and long-term development.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
1 The Problem of Unity Amid Diversity 1
2 A Criterial Framework 19
3 Concepts: General Criteria 35
4 Strategies of Definition 65
5 Propositions: General Criteria 89
6 Description and Prediction 118
7 Causation 128
8 Research Design: General Criteria 155
9 Methods 200
10 Strategies of Research Design 230
Postscript: Justifications 244
References 259
Index 293
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