Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences A Pluralist Perspective

ISBN-10: 0521709660

ISBN-13: 9780521709668

Edition: 2008

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Description: A revolutionary new 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.

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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute in Florence.

List of figures
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Contributors
Preface
Introduction
Epistemology and philosophy of the social sciences
How many approaches in the social sciences? An epistemological introduction
Normative political theory and empirical research
Causal explanation
Constructivism: what it is (not) and how it matters
Culture and social science
Historical institutionalism
Game theory
Rationality and recognition
Research design
Concepts and concept formation
Comparative analysis: case-oriented versus variable-oriented research
Case studies and process tracing: theories and practices
Quantitative analysis
The design of social and political research
Ethnographic approaches
Comparing approaches, methodologies and methods. Some concluding remarks
References
Glossary
Index
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