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Cumulative social inquiry : transforming novelty into innovation

Cumulative social inquiry : transforming novelty into innovation

Author: Robert B Smith
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Offers researchers strategies for building meaningful connections among lines of research that would otherwise remain disparate. This book facilitates systematic theory building and the generation of  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert B Smith
ISBN: 9781593856533 1593856539 9781593858339 1593858337
OCLC Number: 175289913
Description: xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
On differentiation and specialization --
Disjunctions between social theory and quantitative measurement --
Explication of texts : a useful tool --
Components of cumulative social inquiry --
The chapters --
Cumulative social inquiry : theoretical paradigms, social research, and empirically based theorizing --
Scientific communities and theoretical paradigms --
Exemplars and theories --
Conclusions --
Linking quality and quantity --
Diachronic articulation : quantitative first, then qualitative --
Synchronic articulation --
Diachronic articulation : qualitative first, then quantitative --
Conclusions --
Building quantitative studies on the qualitative --
Conceptual frameworks --
Items for indexes --
Vignettes and factorial surveys --
Analysis plans --
Evidence-based policy --
Conclusions --
Qualitative and quantitative social structural theorizing --
A logic and vocabulary for structural theorizing --
Qualitative structural inquiries --
Quantitative structural inquiries --
Conclusions --
Statistical methods and process models --
Structural statistical methods --
Process models --
Conclusions --
Transforming novelty into innovation --
A theoretically informed, data-first strategy : cognitive dissonance --
A use-inspired strategy : collective action --
A theory-first division-of-labor strategy : postindustrial societies --
Theory-driven survey research on political participation --
Conclusions --
Responsibility: Robert B. Smith.
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'Smith's book poses a fundamental though rarely uttered question about the state of sociology. It is certainly older, but is it any wiser? Pointing to the discipline's penchant for novelty, fashion, Read more...

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