The logic of historical explanation in the social sciences

  • Mahoney J
  • Kimball E
  • Koivu K
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Abstract

The idea that science is a blueprint for research, and imagination gives research its life and purpose inspired this comprehensive explanation of research methodology. The authors’ decades of experience have revealed that research is a craft requiring judgment and creativity, not simply memorization and application of the rules of science. Whether one is conducting an intimate one-on-one interview or a large-scale examination of an entire society, human imagination and scientific principles of inquiry go hand in hand. To that end, … Show Morethis book emphasizes scientific method, but also acknowledges its critics. It covers a wide variety of data-collection techniques, but presents them as reinforcing rather than competing with one another, thus striking a balance between qualitative and quantitative methods. It is designed for students and instructors who want a comprehensive treatment of a variety of research techniques with special emphasis on qualitative approaches.

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  • Causality
  • Explanation
  • Logic
  • Sequence analysis
  • Set theory

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Authors

  • James Mahoney

  • Erin Kimball

  • Kendra L. Koivu

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