Redesigning Social Inquiry Fuzzy Sets and Beyond
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Description: For over twenty years Charles C. Ragin has been at the forefront of the development of innovative methods for social scientists. InRedesigning Social Inquiry, he continues his campaign to revitalize the field, challenging major aspects of the conventional template for social science research while offering a clear alternative. Redesigning Social Inquiryprovides a substantive critique of the standard approach to social research-namely, assessing the relative importance of causal variables drawn from competing theories. Instead, Ragin proposes the use of set-theoretic methods to find a middle path between quantitative and qualitative research. Through a series of contrasts between fuzzy-set analysis and conventional quantitative research, Ragin demonstrates the capacity for set-theoretic methods to strengthen connections between qualitative researchers7; deep knowledge of their cases and quantitative researchers7; elaboration of cross-case patterns. Packed with useful examples,Redesigning Social Inquirywill be indispensable to experienced professionals and to budding scholars about to embark on their first project.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Size: 5.63" wide x 8.46" long x 0.57" tall
Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Set-Theoretic versus Correlational Connections Chapter 1. Set Relations in Social Research: Basic Concepts Chapter 2. Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy-Set Relations Chapter 3. Evaluating Set Relations: Consistency and Coverage Part II. Calibration versus Measurement Chapter 4. Why Calibrate? Chapter 5. Calibrating Fuzzy Sets Part III. Configurations of Conditions versus "Independent" Variables Chapter 6. Configurational Thinking Chapter 7. Configurational Analysis Using Fuzzy Sets and Truth Tables Part IV. Analysis of Causal Complexity versus Analysis of Net Effects Chapter 8. Limited Diversity and Counterfactual Cases coauthored with John Sonnett Chapter 9. Easy versus Difficult Counterfactuals Chapter 10. The Limitations of Net Effects Thinking Chapter 11. Net Effects versus Configurations: An Empirical Demonstration coauthored with Peer Fiss References Index