Can the case study, or psychobiographical method be a relevant research tool in the social sciences? This book explores this question by examining the effectiveness of the case study method in hypothesis formation and theory building by using excerpts from the actual diary of a Jewish-Russian immigrant. By interpreting each journal entry through the use of several theoretical formats, Abramson demonstrates how to undertake case study research and use the results to enhance our understanding of human behaviour.
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Table of ContentsIntroductionPART ONE: THE BACKGROUNDSwislocz (Sislovitch)Jewish Settlement in SwisloczTheory and BiasesTheoryInterpreter BiasPART TWO: THE DIARIES AND INTERPRETATIONSA History of My LifeEpiloguePART THREE: CASE STUDY METHODOLOGYThe DataThe TheoryThe Merits of Case StudiesAdjunct to InductionExtrapolations from Popper's Philosophy of ScienceConclusion