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Redesigning social inquiry : fuzzy sets and beyond

Author: Charles C Ragin
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Charles Ragin's campaign to revitalize social science methodology continues, as he challenges the major aspects of the conventional template for social science research. This book proposes the use of set-rhetoric methods to find a middle path between quantitative and qualitative research.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles C Ragin
ISBN: 9780226702735 9780226702759 0226702731 0226702758
OCLC Number: 212893623
Description: viii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I. Set-Theoretic versus Correlational Connections --
Set Relations in Social Research: Basic Concepts --
Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy-Set Relations --
Evaluating Set Relations: Consistency and Coverage --
Part II. Calibration versus Measurement --
Why Calibrate? --
Calibrating Fuzzy Sets --
Part III. Configurations of Conditions versus "Independent" Variables --
Configurational Thinking --
Configurational Analysis Using Fuzzy Sets and Truth Tables --
Part IV. Analysis of Causal Complexity versus Analysis of Net Effects --
Limited Diversity and Counterfactual Cases coauthored with John Sonnett --
Easy versus Difficult Counterfactuals --
The Limitations of Net Effects Thinking --
Net Effects versus Configurations: An Empirical Demonstration coauthored with Peer Fiss.
Responsibility: Charles C. Ragin.
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