Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences A Pluralist Perspective
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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2008
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute in Florence.
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|List of tables|
|Epistemology and philosophy of the social sciences|
|How many approaches in the social sciences? An epistemological introduction|
|Normative political theory and empirical research|
|Constructivism: what it is (not) and how it matters|
|Culture and social science|
|Rationality and recognition|
|Concepts and concept formation|
|Comparative analysis: case-oriented versus variable-oriented research|
|Case studies and process tracing: theories and practices|
|The design of social and political research|
|Comparing approaches, methodologies and methods. Some concluding remarks|