Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide: Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis

Cooper, Barry; Glaesser, Judith; Gomm, Roger and Hammersley, Martyn eds. (2012). Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide: Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis. London: Continuum.

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This title offers an exploration of case-focused methods as a means of bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide and the key methodological issues. This book challenges the divide between qualitative and quantitative approaches that is now institutionalized within social science. Rather than suggesting the 'mixing' of methods, "Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide" provides a thorough interrogation of the arguments and practices characteristic of both sides of the divide, focusing on how well they address the common problems that all social research faces, particularly as regards causal analysis. The authors identify some fundamental weaknesses in both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and explore whether case-focused analysis - for instance, in the form of Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Analytic Induction, Grounded Theorising, or Cluster Analysis - can bridge the gap between the two sides.

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