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Exemplification and the use-values of cases and case studies

Morgan, Mary S. (2019) Exemplification and the use-values of cases and case studies. Studies in history and philosophy of science, 78. pp. 5-13. ISSN 0039-3681

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2018.12.008


This paper provides an account of the 'use-value' of case-based research by showing how social scientists exploit cases, and case studies, in a variety of practices of inference and extension. The critical basis for making such extensions relies on the power of a case, or the account given of a case (the case-study account), to exemplify certain features of the social world in ways which prove valuable for further analysis: either of the same case, or in many domains beyond the original case study. Framing use-values in terms of exemplification compares favourably with understanding reasoning beyond the case either as a form of analogical reasoning or in taking cases as experimentable objects.

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Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 23:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:50

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