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Narrative explanation: an alternative to variable-centered explanation?

Abell, Peter (2004) Narrative explanation: an alternative to variable-centered explanation? Annual Review of Sociology, 30 (1). pp. 287-310. ISSN 0360-0572

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Identification Number: 10.1146/annurev.soc.29.010202.100113


The nature of narrative explanations is explored as an alternative to the better established variable-centered explanations. Narratives are conceived as di-graphs where the nodes are states of the world and the arcs are actions (causes). Comparative narratives are understood as mappings between di-graphs. Ethnographic and historical explanations, where the number of cases is small and causality complex, may depend upon a narrative depiction.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Annual Reviews
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2011 15:28
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 01:05

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