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- DescriptionConfigurational Comparative Methods paves the way for an invative approach to empirical scientific work through a strategy that integrates key strengths of both qualitative (case-oriented) and quantitative (variable-oriented) approaches. This first-of-its-kind text is ideally suited for small-N or intermediate-N research situations, which both mainstream qualitative and quantitative methods find difficult to address. Beit Rihoux and Charles C. Ragin, along with their contributing authors, offer both a basic, comparative research design overview and a technical and hands-on review of Crisp-Set QCA (csQCA), Multi-Value QCA (mvQCA), and Fuzzy-Set QCA (fsQCA).
- Author BiographyThe 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.
- Author(s)Benoit Rihoux,Charles C. Ragin
- PublisherSAGE Publications Inc
- Date of Publication04/09/2008
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleApplied Social Research Methods
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 51
- Place of PublicationThousand Oaks
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSAGE Publications Inc
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight279 g
- Width139 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine13 mm
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