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- DescriptionIn this invative approach to the practice of social science, Charles Ragin explores the use of fuzzy sets to bridge the divide between quantitative and qualitative methods. Paradoxically, the fuzzy set is a powerful tool because it replaces an unwieldy, fuzzy instrument (the variable, which establishes only the positions of cases relative to each other) with a precise one (degree of membership in a well-defined set). Ragin argues that fuzzy sets allow a far richer dialogue between ideas and evidence in social research than previously possible. They let quantitative researchers abandon homogenizing assumptions about cases and causes, they extend diversity-oriented research strategies, and they provide a powerful connection between theory and data analysis. Most important, fuzzy sets can be carefully tailored to fit evolving theoretical concepts, sharpening quantitative tools with in-depth kwledge gained through qualitative, case-oriented inquiry. This book should revolutionize research methods t only in sociology, political science and anthropology but in any field of inquiry dealing with complex patterns of causation.
- Author Biography<b>Charles Ragin</b> is professor of sociology and political science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of <i>Redesigning Social Inquiry: </i><i>Fuzzy-Sets and Beyond</i>and <i>The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies</i>.
- Author(s)Charles C. Ragin
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication14/08/2000
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note20 line drawings, 47 tables
- Weight520 g
- Width155 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edition Statement2nd
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