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A case for cases: comparative narratives in sociological explanation

Abell, Peter (2009) A case for cases: comparative narratives in sociological explanation. Sociological Methods and Research, 38 (1). pp. 38-70. ISSN 0049-1241

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Abstract

When case studies are constructed as narratives, then causal explanation can be achieved without either comparison or generalization. Narratives provide paths of causal links on a chronology of actions or events. The links, in turn, can be studied as Bayesian inferences generating Bayesian narratives. The causal paths in a narrative have a Boolean structure.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://smr.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
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Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 12:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29766/

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