Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework / Edition 2

Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework / Edition 2

by John Gerring
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521132770
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Series:
Strategies for Social Inquiry Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
1,123,398
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
1The Problem of Unity Amid Diversity1
2A Criterial Framework19
3Concepts: General Criteria35
4Strategies of Definition65
5Propositions: General Criteria89
6Description and Prediction118
7Causation128
8Research Design: General Criteria155
9Methods200
10Strategies of Research Design230
Postscript: Justifications244
References259
Index293

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