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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."
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