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Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method (Sociology for a New Century Series) Paperback – July 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1412960182 ISBN-10: 1412960185 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Series: Sociology for a New Century Series
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Second Edition edition (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412960185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412960182
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The primary goal of Charles Ragin, social scientist and innovative methodologist, is to develop methods that help students and researchers unravel causal complexity in their research. This has led to his developing and championing the use of set-theoretic methods in the social sciences, most notably, his Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy set analysis. In a recent review article in Contemporary Sociology entitled "The Ragin Revolution" (Vaisey review), sociologist Stephen Vaisey describes Ragin's work as a "principled alternative" to quantitative analysis (which assumes away casual complexity) and qualitative case-based methods (which lack tools for generalizing across cases.) Many who have adopted Ragin's methods believe that these techniques combine the strength of both quantitative and qualitative methods, while transcending their limits.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yannis on March 13, 2008
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Over the past 15 years or so, sociology and political science have converged towards the methodological standards of positive economics. This trend has undeniably produced several positive effects. (For example, in Europe, it has forced social scientists to come down of their intellectualist/ideological pedestal and work through the difficult bits of research.) Nevertheless, it has also come at the expense of (a) rigorous interpretive work, and (b) careful theorizing.

This (old-ish) book should be read carefully, for it can greatly help fix these probolems without jeopardising the benefits of positivism.

When one reads other standard books on methodology (e.g. King et al.), one is left with two false impressions, namely that (1) qualitative research aims at more or less the same thing as quantitative research, and (2) "science" is about method. This book demonstrates the falsity of the first point. (For a demonstration of the falsity of the second point, one should turn to standard micro-economics books or maths-for-economics books, such as Nicholson & Snyder or Chiang, and ponder on the fact that it does not make sense to test hypotheses that are not derived from the same logically consistent assumptions.)

Where others would make you think that all kinds of social scientific research are about finding regularities (and perhaps their causes), Ragin warns you of the complementarities between that kind of research and more "grounded" research that aims, for example, at interpreting significant events, or at discovering the objective function(s) that different kinds of actors seek to maximize. More, he makes it crystal-clear that, although qualitative research may sometimes come close to anthropology, it is not exempt from presenting and justifying its procedures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lewis A. Friedland on February 23, 2009
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This is one of the best general introductions to methods in the social sciences, covering qualitative and quantitative approaches, and also introducing readers to Ragin's own qualitative comparative analysis, which is designed to rigorously analyze configurations of cases that are too small to be analyzed statistically but larger than the one or several depth cases of ethnography.

I've used it for many years in classes on methods at the University of Wisconsin.

It's too bad the "student" above who gave this a single star can't tell the difference between reviewing a book and reviewing its seller.
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By La Kings Champs on April 16, 2013
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This is an easy and interesting read. It includes all of the key concepts in the glossary section which makes it easier.
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Great book and very useful resource for budding social researchers, but also really pricey considering the length.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BrandonKellyE on June 27, 2011
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Shame Social Science is my major. This book is not informative and is so boring. My research professor did his studies through Ragin, so he recommended him. I dislike this book!
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