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Title Comparative methodology : theory and practice in international social research / edited by Else Oyen
Published London ; Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage, 1990


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Description xii, 227 pages ; 23 cm
Series Sage studies in international sociology ; 40
Sage studies in international sociology ; 40
Contents Pt. I. Comparative research as a sociological strategy -- 1. The imperfection of comparisons / Else Øyen -- 2. The development of comparative research: towards causal explanations / Erwin K. Scheuch -- 3. Comparing countries: lessons learned / Henry Teune -- pt. II. Theoretical reflections on comparative research -- 4. Socio-legal concepts and their comparison / Vincenzo Ferrari -- 5. Paradigm crisis and social movements: a Latin American perspective / Fernando Calderon and Alejandro Piscitelli -- 6. Theory formation in social research: a plea for pluralism / John Galtung -- pt. III. Methodological approaches to comparative research -- 7. Comparing semi-corruption among parliamentarians in Britain and Australia / Eva Etzioni-Halevy -- 8. A comparative content analysis of biographies / Ralph H. Turner -- 9. Oral history approaches to an international social movement / Daniel Bertaux -- 10. Sampling and cross-classification analysis in international social research / Karl M. van Meter -- 11. Data archives as an instrument for comparative research / Jan-Erik Lane -- 12. The use of time series in international comparison / Rudolf Andorka
Summary “Social scientists are increasingly often faced with the need to conduct research on an international scale. Although there is a long-established tradition of comparative research, the design and conduct of cross-national studies continues to present serious theoretical and methodological difficulties. In this book an experienced international team of researchers explores these problems and examines how they have been addressed through specific examples of comparative research. Does comparison across national boundaries present a new set of theoretical, methodological and epistemological challenges; or is it simply a variant (however complex in practice) of other social research? How far can the findings of single-country studies be replicated and validated through cross-national research? Is there a specific comparative comparative methodology? How do the methodological issues of comparative work cut across other debates on method? Do data already available in national and international archives offer a route towards resolving practical problems in comparative research?”--Back cover
Notes "Sponsored by the International Sociological Association/ISA."
Includes bibliographical references
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Social sciences -- Comparative method.
Social sciences -- Methodology.
Social sciences -- Research.
Sociology -- Comparative method.
Sociology -- Cross-cultural studies -- Methodology.
Sociology -- Cross-cultural studies.
Sociology -- Research -- Methodology.
Author Øyen, Else, 1934-
International Sociological Association.
LC no. 90061356
ISBN 0803983255