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Case Study Methods

Case Study Methods

Volume: 32

September 1993 | 88 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The use of the case study goes back to the beginnings of social science research and is still one of the most common forms of qualitative research. This book is a handy introduction to understanding, researching, and doing case studies in the social sciences and related fields. In this brief monograph, Jacques Hamel outlines several differing traditions of case study research—the Chicago School of Sociology, the anthropological case studies of Malinowski and others, and the French Le Play school tradition. Hamel shows how each developed, changed, and has been practiced over time. Practical suggestions are included for doing case study research and a comprehensive bibliography on case study methods in social science allows for further exploration.

The Case Study
Differing Perspectives

Conflict of Methods
The Current Debate on the Case Study
The Case Study
Practical Comments and Guidance

Thematic Bibliography for the Case Study

Detailed text, more suited to PG level students and those wanting a more 'philosophical' text. This book was originally published in French. It is a thought provoking book, and worthy of extended reading, but not really suitable for many UG level students. I have certainly found it to be a book which outlines concepts and sets out the parameters and contexts for using case studies. Intriguing indeed!

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull Univ.
July 11, 2014

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