The Extended Case Method: Four Countries, Four Decades, Four Great Transformations, and One Theoretical Tradition / Edition 1

The Extended Case Method: Four Countries, Four Decades, Four Great Transformations, and One Theoretical Tradition / Edition 1

by Michael Burawoy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520259009

ISBN-13: 9780520259003

Pub. Date: 05/27/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

In this remarkable collection of essays, Michael Burawoy develops the extended case method by connecting his own experiences among workers of the world to the great transformations of the twentieth century—the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites, the reconstruction of U.S. capitalism, and the African transition to post-colonialism in Zambia.

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In this remarkable collection of essays, Michael Burawoy develops the extended case method by connecting his own experiences among workers of the world to the great transformations of the twentieth century—the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites, the reconstruction of U.S. capitalism, and the African transition to post-colonialism in Zambia. Burawoy's odyssey began in 1968 in the Zambian copper mines and proceeded to Chicago's South Side, where he worked as a machine operator and enjoyed a unique perspective on the stability of advanced capitalism.
In the 1980s, this perspective was deepened by contrast with his work in diverse Hungarian factories. Surprised by the collapse of socialism in Hungary in 1989, he journeyed in 1991 to the Soviet Union, which by the end of the year had unexpectedly dissolved. He then spent the next decade studying how the working class survived the catastrophic collapse of the Soviet economy. These essays, presented with a perspective that has benefited from time and rich experience, offer ethnographers a theory and a method for developing novel understandings of epochal change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259003
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/27/2009
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Prologue: Bringing Theory to the Field

Introduction: From Manchester to Berkeley by Way of Chicago

1. The Extended Case Method: Race and Class in Postcolonial Africa
2. The Ethnographic Revisit: Capitalism in Transition and Other Histories
3. Two Methods in Search of Revolution: Trotsky versus Skocpol
4. Multicase Ethnography: Tracking the Demise of State Socialism

Conclusion: The Ethnography of Great Transformations
Epilogue: On Public Ethnography
Notes
References

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