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

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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 postcolonialism. These essays, presented with a perspective that has benefitted from time and rich experience, offer ethnographers a theory and a method for developing novel understandings of epochal change.

From The Extended Case Method:

"Here lies the secret of the extended case method-theory is not discovered but revised, not induced but improved, not deconstructed but reconstructed. The aim of theory is not to be boringly right but brilliantly wrong. In short, theory exists to be extended in face of external anomalies and internal contradictions. We don't start with data, we start with theory. Without theory we are blind, we cannot see the world."

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"Rich and provocative. . . . This book will be of interest for students and researchers."--Anthropological Notebooks
Anthropological Notebooks - Carlo A. Cubero

“Rich and provocative. . . . This book will be of interest for students and researchers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520259003
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Burawoy teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a number of books, including Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Process under Monopoly Capitalism, and coauthor of Global Ethnography and Ethnography Unbound (both UC Press).
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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Prologue: Bringing Theory to the Field xi

Introduction: From Manchester to Berkeley by Way of Chicago 1

1 The Extended Case Method: Race and Class in Postcolonial Africa 19

2 The Ethnographic Revisit: Capitalism in Transition and Other Histories 73

3 Two Methods in Search of Revolution: Trotsky versus Skocpol 143

4 Multicase Ethnography: Tracking the Demise of State Socialism 198

Conclusion: The Ethnography of Great Transformations 245

Epilogue: On Public Ethnography 267

Notes 279

References 305

Index 329

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