Comparative methodology

theory and practice in international social research

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Author: Else Øyen

Publisher: Sage Pubns

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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Social scientists are increasingly faced with the need to conduct research on an international scale. Although there is a long-established tradition of comparative research, the design and conduct of cross-national studies continues to present serious theoretical and methodological difficulties. In this book an experienced international team of researchers explores these problems and examines how they have been addressed through specific examples of comparative research. Does comparison across national boundaries present a new set of theoretical, methodological and epistemological challenges; or is it simply a variant (however complex in practice) of other social research? How far can the findings of single-country studies be replicated and validated through cross-national research? Is there a specific comparative methodology? How do the methodological issues of comparative work cut across other debates on method? Do data already available in national and international archives offer a route towards resolving practical problems in comparative research? Exploring these and other issues in comparative methodology, this book will be essential reading for sociologists, political scientists and others engaged in international social research.

Comparative-Historical Methods

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Author: Matthew Lange

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446291286

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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This bright, engaging title provides a thorough and integrated review of comparative-historical methods. It sets out an intellectual history of comparative-historical analysis and presents the main methodological techniques employed by researchers, including: - comparative-historical analysis, - case-based methods, - comparative methods - data, case selection and theory. Matthew Lange has written a fresh, easy to follow introduction which showcases classic analyses, offers clear methodological examples and describes major methodological debates. It is a comprehensive, grounded book which understands the learning and research needs of students and researchers.

International Comparative Research

Theory, Methods and Practice

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Author: Linda Hantrais

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137068841

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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This authoritative book examines the what, why and how of international comparative research. It offers a comprehensive topic-based overview of the theory and practice of comparative research and addresses the possible concerns of those both funding the research and using the findings. Drawing on illustrations from the extensive international literature as well as real-life comparative studies, the chapters guide readers through the many stages in the research process, from research design and data collection to the analysis and interpretation of findings. In a book that crosses national, societal, cultural and disciplinary boundaries, the author: • Pinpoints practical problems and directs readers to tried and tested solutions, including multiple method strategies. • Draws on examples of policy transfer to examine how comparative research can inform policy making • Provides guidance on the management of international research teams and projects. This resource is the ultimate reference tool for students, researchers and practitioners undertaking comparative research projects in international settings across the social sciences and humanities.

The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods

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Author: Professor David Buchanan,Professor Alan Bryman

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

ISBN: 1446246051

Category:

Page: 776

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The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Research Methods provides a rich resource for organizational researchers, locating the technical aspects of organizational research in the wider context of the relevant personal, epistemological, theoretical, historical, ethical, and political issues. David Buchanan and Alan Bryman have gathered together many of the world's leading writers on theory, method, and analysis in organizational research and have made this the most comprehensive and cutting-edge volume in this ever-growing field.

Doing Research in Political Science

An Introduction to Comparative Methods and Statistics

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Author: Paul Pennings,Hans Keman,Jan Kleinnijenhuis

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412903769

Category: Political Science

Page: 324

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This is an immensely helpful book for students starting their own research... an excellent introduction to the comparative method giving an authoritative overview over the research process - Klaus Armingeon, University of Bern Doing Research in Political Science is the book for mastering the comparative method in all the social sciences - Jan-Erik Lane, University of Geneva This book has established itself as a concise and well-readable text on comparative methods and statistics in political science I...strongly recommend it. - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps-University Marburg This thoroughly revised edition of the popular textbook offers an accessible but comprehensive introduction to comparative research methods and statistics for students of political science. Clearly organized around three parts, the text introduces the main theories and methodologies used in the discipline. Part 1 frames the comparative approach within the methodological framework of the political and social sciences. Part 2 introduces basic descriptive and inferential statistical methods as well as more advanced multivariate methods used in quantitative political analysis. Part 3 applies the methods and techniques of Parts 1 & 2 to research questions drawn from contemporary themes and issues in political science. Incorporating practice exercises, ideas for further reading and summary questions throughout, Doing Research in Political Science provides an invaluable step-by-step guide for students and researchers in political science, comparative politics and empirical political analysis.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

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Author: Michael Lewis-Beck,Alan E Bryman,Tim Futing Liao

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923633

Category: Social Science

Page: 1305

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"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

The Handbook of Social Research Ethics

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Author: Donna M. Mertens,Pauline E. Ginsberg

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412949181

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 667

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Brings together international scholars across the social and behavioural sciences and education to address those ethical issues that arise in the theory and practice of research within the technologically advancing and culturally complex world in which we live.

Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences

A Pluralist Perspective

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Author: Donatella Della Porta,Michael Keating

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139474596

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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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.

Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide

Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis

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Author: Barry Cooper,Judith Glaesser,Roger Gomm,Martyn Hammersley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441142207

Category: Education

Page: 288

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An exploration of case-focused methods as a means of bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide and the key methodological issues.

The Invisible Workers

Articulations of Race and Class in the Life Histories of Braceros

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Author: Ronald L. Mize

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Foreign workers, Mexican

Page: 550

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Encyclopedia of sociology

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Author: Edgar F. Borgatta,Marie L. Borgatta

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 2359

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The SAGE Handbook of Historical Theory

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Author: Nancy Partner,Sarah Foot

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412931142

Category: History

Page: 527

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The editors introduce the core areas of current debate within historical theory, bringing the reader as up to date with continuing debates and current developments as is possible. This important handbook brings together in one volume discussions of the role of modernity, empiricism, realism, post-modernity and deconstruction in the historian’s craft. Chapters are written by leading writers from around the world and cover a wide spread of historical sub-disciplines, such as social history, intellectual history, narrative, gender, memory, psycho-analysis and cultural studies, taking in, along the way, the work of thinkers such as Paul Ricouer, Michel Foucault and Hayden White.

The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics

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Author: Todd Landman,Neil Robinson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1412919762

Category: Political Science

Page: 563

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The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.

Comparative Education Research

Approaches and Methods

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Author: Mark Bray

Publisher: Comparative Education Research Centre, Hong Kong University

ISBN: 9789881785282

Category: Education

Page: 472

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Approaches and methods in comparative education are of obvious importance, but do not always receive adequate attention. This second edition of a well-received book, containing thoroughly updated and additional material, contributes new insights within the longstanding traditions of the field. A particular feature is the focus on different units of analysis. Individual chapters compare places, systems, times, cultures, values, policies, curricula and other units. These chapters are contextualised within broader analytical frameworks which identify the purposes and strengths of the field. The book includes a focus on intra-national as well as cross-national comparisons, and highlights the value of approaching themes from different angles.

Crossing Borders

Re-mapping Women's Movements at the Turn of the 21st Century

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Author: Hilda Rømer Christensen,Beatrice Halsaa,Aino Saarinen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 371

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This anthology indicates the many and multi-layered ways in which women's movements have developed in the past and the challenges that face women's movements today. Covering a broad range of issues, the book strives for re-narration and re-location of one of the major social movements of the 20th century and for fresh analysis of the latest trends. The framework for the texts has been set by recent structural, ideological and cultural changes towards globalization (including the end of the Cold War bipolarization), immigration, and multiculturalism. The changes have produced new fields of cooperation and conflicts within the women's movements and generated new questions that are dealt with in four main sections. - Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2005

Social Research Methods

Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

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Author: William Lawrence Neuman

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205297719

Category: Social Science

Page: 558

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This work offers balanced coverage of both the qualitative and quantative approaches to social research. New features for the second edition include a new glossary based on reviewer and student suggestions, and an expanded chapter on library research and writing reports.