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Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences : a pluralist perspective / ed. Donatella della Porta and Michael Keating

Secondary Author Della Porta, Donatella, 1956-
Keating, Michael, 1950-
Country Reino Unido. Edition 1st ed., , 4th printing Publication Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, imp. 2012 Description XV, 365 p. ; 25 cm ISBN 978-0-521-70966-8 CDU 303
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A revolutionary textbook introducing masters and doctoral students to the major research approaches and methodologies in the social sciences. Written by an outstanding set of scholars, and derived from successful course teaching, this volume will empower students to choose their own approach to research, to justify this approach, and to situate it within the discipline. It addresses questions of ontology, epistemology and philosophy of social science, and proceeds to issues of methodology and research design essential for producing a good research proposal. It also introduces researchers to the main issues of debate and contention in the methodology of social sciences, identifying commonalities, historic continuities and genuine differences.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of figures (p. ix)
  • List of tables (p. x)
  • Contributors (p. xi)
  • Preface (p. xiii)
  • 1 Introduction (p. 1)
  • Part I Epistemology and philosophy of the social sciences (p. 17)
  • 2 How many approaches in the social sciences? An epistemological introduction (p. 19)
  • 3 Normative political theory and empirical research (p. 40)
  • 4 Causal explanation (p. 61)
  • 5 Constructivism: what it is (not) and how it matters (p. 80)
  • 6 Culture and social science (p. 99)
  • 7 Historical institutionalism (p. 118)
  • 8 Game theory (p. 139)
  • 9 Rationality and recognition (p. 162)
  • Part II Research design (p. 175)
  • 10 Concepts and concept formation (p. 177)
  • 11 Comparative analysis: case-oriented versus variable-oriented research (p. 198)
  • 12 Case studies and process tracing: theories and practices (p. 223)
  • 13 Quantitative analysis (p. 240)
  • 14 The design of social and political research (p. 263)
  • 15 Ethnographic approaches (p. 296)
  • 16 Comparing approaches, methodologies and methods. Some concluding remarks (p. 316)
  • References (p. 323)
  • Glossary (p. 348)
  • Index (p. 357)

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