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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
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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 --
Conclusion.
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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