Ways of Knowing Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research

ISBN-10: 0230360696

ISBN-13: 9780230360693

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

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List price: $32.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Methodological Foundations
Naturalism
Constructivism
Scientific Realism
Chapter Outline and Logic
Recommended Further Reading
The Naturalist Philosophy of Science
The Birth of the Philosophy of Science
Francis Bacon and the Method of Induction
Locke, Hume and the Modern Philosophy of Knowledge
The Basic Assumptions of the Naturalist Methodology
On Doubt and Reductionism: The Cartesian Revolution
Post-Cartesian Developments: From Comte to Vienna
Logical Positivism
Karl Popper
Post-Popper
Recapitulation: The Naturalist Way of Knowing
The Broad Joists of the Naturalist Methodology
The Naturalist Hierarchy of Methods
Recommended Further Reading
The Experimental Method
The Logic at the Core of Experiments
Historical and Definitional Preliminaries
Galileo's Design
The Classic Design
Exemplary Illustrations
Ideological Innocence
Media Influence
Collective Action
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
The Statistical Method
Descriptive Statistics
Pioneers: Graunt, Petty and Conring
Basic Concepts and Examples
Inferential Statistics
Multivariate Analysis
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
The Comparative Method
The Methods of John Stuart Mill
The Method of Difference
The Method of Agreement
The Indirect Method of Difference
The Method of Concomitant Variation
Shortcomings
Over-determination
Sampling Bias
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
History, Interviews and Case Studies
The Historical Method
Leopold von Ranke
Barbara Tuchman
Criticism
Surveys, Polls and Interviews
The Case-Study Method
Types of Case Studies
On Case Selection
The Utility of Case Studies
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
Sowing Doubts About Naturalist Methodology
Ontological Doubts
The Natural World
The Social World and Its Paradoxes
Epistemological Doubts
Presuppositions
Meaning
Scientific Authority
An Example
Methodological Doubts
Recommended Further Reading
A Constructivist Philosophy of Science
On Natural and Other Worlds
The Awakening
On Pure Concepts and Natural Ideas
The World of Our Making
The Unwieldy World of William Whewell
Disparate Pieces to a New Philosophy of Science
The Role of History
The Impact of Society
The Role of Ideas
On Communication and Language
Recapitulation: A Constructivist Way of Knowing
The Constructivist Other
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
From Story Telling to Telling Histories
The Mysterious Ways of Miss Marple
On Eccentricities and Serendipities
Social Framing
Scholars and Society
Ethnomethodology: Explaining Context
Ideas Matter
From Mentalities to Discourse
Patterns of Communication
Imprisoned by Plots
Patterns in Time
Process Tracing
The Problem of Generations
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
Comparing Contexts
Apples and Oranges
Identifying Constructivist Comparisons
On Laws and Patterns
On Case Selection
On Data Selection
Constructivist Comparisons
Challenging the Old and Constructing the New
Leveraging Opportunities
Hermeneutic Understanding
Contrasting Us with Them
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
Contextualizing Statistics
The Dark Side of Statistics
A Second Look at Sir Francis Galton
Statistics Lack a Sense of Context
The Statistical Worldview
On the Bright Side
Descriptive Statistics and Quantitative Graphics
Bayesian Statistics
Social Patterns of Interest
Quantifying Discourse
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
Interpretive Experiments
Contextual Experiments
Group Effects
Pygmalion Effects
Generational Effects
Imaginary Journeys
Discovering Vinland
Mayan Decline
Social Thought Experiments
Action Research
Conclusion
Recommended Further Reading
Conclusion
On Design
On Methodological Bridge-building
Rational Thought Experiments
Within-Case Approaches
On the Numerology Divide
References
Index
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