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Time matters : on theory and method

Author: Andrew Delano Abbott
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, cop. 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What do variables really tell us? When exactly do inventions occur? Why do we always miss turning points as they transpire? When does what doesn't happen mean as much, if not more, than what does? Andrew Abbott considers these fascinating questions in Time Matters, a diverse series of essays that constitutes the most extensive analysis of temporality in social science today. Ranging from abstract theoretical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Delano Abbott
ISBN: 0226001024 9780226001029 0226001032 9780226001036
OCLC Number: 708553752
Description: 1 v. (IX-318 p.) ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Prologue An Autobiographical Introduction --
Part One Methods and Assumptions --
1 Transcending General Linear Reality --
2 Seven Types of Ambiguity --
3 The Causal Devolution --
Part Two Time and Method --
4 What Do Cases Do? --
5 Conceptions of Time and Events in Social Science Methods --
6 From Causes to Events --
Part Three Time and Social Structure --
7 Temporality and Process in Social Life --
8 On the Concept of Turning Point --
9 Things of Boundaries --
Epilogue Time Matters --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Andrew Abbott.
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This text focuses particularly on questions of time, events and causality. The author, Andrew Abbott, grounds each essay in straightforward examinations of social scientific analysis.  Read more...

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