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The European Tradition in Qualitative Research
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The European Tradition in Qualitative Research

Four Volume Set
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June 2003 | 1 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
These four volumes provide a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the European tradition in qualitative research. The editors define `qualitative' to refer to a broad range of procedures and operations used by sociologists and anthropologists in their interpretation and explanation of social and ethnographic data. The collection includes contributions from the classic tradition to contemporary work. The subjects addressed include: documentary methods; textual analysis; non-textual analysis; interviews; questionnaires; field observations; case study methods; qualitative analysis of small social units; comparative analysis; historical analysis; concept formation; classifying and constructing typologies; content analysis; model-building and verstehen methods.

The four volumes are organized as follows:

Volume 1: Collecting Data

This volume explores the use of personal written documents, newspaper analysis, the analysis of official documents, fiction, scientific texts, non-textual data analysis, interviews, questionnaires, field observations and case studies.

Volume 2: Selecting A Type of Approach and Building Concepts

This volume focuses on the monographic method, description and explanation, the qualitative analysis of small units, methods of comparative analysis and methods of historical analysis, questions of the nature of value-free research, ideal type conceptualization, provisory definition, the construction of the sociological object, methods of description, classifying typologies, multidimensional classification and polythetic classification.

Volume 3: Building Theories

In addition to a section on content analysis this volume investigates methods of observation and comparison, rules dealing with `social facts', epistemology, mechanistic models, biological models, analogy and homology and the method of verstehen.

Volume 4: Explaining and Understanding and Finding Out the Right Theoretical Frame

Continuing with an investigation of the method of verstehen this volume focuses on phenomenological sociology, the rational choice model, cognitive and axiological rationality and how competing theories explain the same phenomenon.

 
Provisional Contents
 
VOLUME ONE
 
PART ONE: COLLECTING DATA
 
SECTION ONE: USING AVAILABLE DATA
Louis A Gottschalk and Goldine C Gleser
An Analysis of the Verbal Content of Suicide Notes
Max Weber
Intellectualism, Intellectuals and the History of Religion
Bernard Groethuysen
The Church and the Social Classes
Kurt Samuelsson
Benjamin Franklin
Alexis de Tocqueville
How the Spirit of Revolt Was Promoted by Well-Intentioned Efforts to Improve the People's Lot
Georg Luk[ac]acs
The Sorrows of Young Werther
Alexandre Koyr[ac]e
Problems in the Histography of Science
David Bloor
Can There Be an Alternative Mathematics?
Charles Darwin
Joy, High Spirits, Love, Tender Feelings, Devotion
Georg Simmel
The Handle
Ernst Hans Gombrich
Designs as Signs
Quentin Bell
Recent History
Dominique Raynaud
Understanding Errors in Perspective
A Besan[ce]con
Friedrich, or, The Other Fatherland
Siegfried Kracauer
Structural Analysis
 
SECTION TWO: COLLECTING NEW DATA
S F Nadel
The Interview Technique in Social Anthropology
Guy Michelat
Sur l'utilisation de l'entretien non directif en sociologie
Jean-Paul Gr[ac]emy
La Formulation des questions d'enqu[ci]ete
Une r[ac]esponse m[ac]ediane et `sans avis'  
Emmanuelle Betton-Gossart
How to Explain Common Feelings of Justice
What Method of Empirical Analysis Shall We Choose?  
John H Goldthorpe and David Lockwood
Affluence and the British Class Structure
Florian Znaniecki
The Principles of Selection of Cultural Data
Daniel Bertaux and Isabelle Bertaux-Wiame
Life Stories in the Bakers' Trade
Jean Peneff
The Observers Observed
French Survey Researchers at Work  
Bruno Milly
Research Concerning Prisons
Return to the Methodological Difficulties of Field Studies in this Area  
 
VOLUME TWO
 
PART TWO: SELECTING A TYPE OF APPROACH
 
SECTION ONE: CASE STUDIES
Fr[ac]ed[ac]eric le Play
On Family, Work and Social Change
Norbert Elias
Neighbourhood Relations in the Making
Henri Bergeron
When Describing is Explaining
Qualitative Methods in the Study of French Drug Addiction Treatment Policy  
Jean-Pierre Lavaud
The Gains of Irrationality
 
SECTION TWO: QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF SMALL SOCIAL UNITS
E E Evans-Pritchard
The Political System
Michel Crozier
The Social System at the Shop Level
The Plant Subculture and the Formal Authority System  
 
SECTION THREE: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
Alexis de Tocqueville
How Towards the Middle of the Eighteenth Century Men of Letters Took the Lead in Politics and the Consequences of this New Development
Karl Marx
Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation
Max Weber
Introduction to the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Alexander Gerschenkron
Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective
S N Eisenstadt
The Kemalist Revolution in Comparative Perspective
 
PART THREE: BUILDING CONCEPTS
 
SECTION ONE: DESCRIPTION AND CONCEPTUALISATION
Leopold von Ranke
Preface to the First Edition of Histories of the Latin and Germanic Nations from 1494-1514
Marcel Mauss
La Pri[gr]ere
Marcel Granet
Danses et l[ac]egendes de la Chine ancienne
W G Runciman
Conceptualization and Narration
Anthony Giddens
The Contours of High Modernity
Ernst Gellner
A Typology of Nationalisms
 
SECTION TWO: CLASSIFYING AND BUILDING TYPOLOGIES
Karl Marx
The Multidimensional Space of Classes
[ac]Emile Durkheim
How to Determine Social Causes and Social Types
Ernst Troeltsch
Three Types of Christian Thought
Ferdinand T[um]onnies
General Statement of the Main Concepts
Max Weber
Objectivity in Social Science and Social Policy
Edward Leach
Political Systems of Highland Burma
Rodney Needham
Polythetic Classification
J W N Watkins
Ideal Types and Historical Explanation
A H Barton and P F Lazarsfeld
Some Functions of Qualitative Analysis in Social Research
Mary Douglas and Steven Ney
Four Whole Persons
J[um]urgen Habermas
Formal and Empirical Pragmatics
 
VOLUME THREE
 
PART THREE: BUILDING CONCEPTS (CONTINUED)
 
SECTION THREE: CONTENT ANALYSIS
Johan Galtung and Mari Holmboe Ruge
The Structure of Foreign News
The Presentation of the Congo, Cuba and Cyprus Crises in Four Norwegian Newspapers  
Basil B Bernstein
Social Class, Linguistic Codes and Grammatical Elements
 
PART FOUR: BUILDING THEORIES
 
SECTION ONE: STYLES OF THEORY
Auguste Comte
Caract[gr]eres fondamentaux de la m[ac]ethode positive dans l'[ac]etude rationnelle des ph[ac]enom[gr]enes sociaux
Vilfredo Pareto
The Scientific Approach
John H Goldthorpe
Introduction to On Sociology, Numbers, Narratives and the Integration of Research and Theory
Alan Bryman
The Debate about Quantitative and Qualitative Research
A Question of Method or Epistemology?  
 
SECTION TWO: SOME GENERAL MODELS
Raymond Boudon
Basic Mechanisms Generating Inequality of Educational Opportunity
Mohammed Cherkaoui
Relative Deprivation
Leon Walras
Elements and Mechanism of Production
Vilfredo Pareto
The General Form of Society
Herbert Spencer
The Social Organism
Konrad Lorenz
The Aimlessness of Cultural Development
W G Runciman
The Selectionist Paradigm and its Implications for Sociology
Emile Durkheim
Rules for the Explanation of Social Facts
A R Radcliffe-Brown
On the Concept of Function in Social Science
Gabriel Tarde
Sur l'analogie et l'homologie
Vladimir Propp
Morphology of the Folktale
Claude L[ac]evi-Strauss
The Structural Study of Myth
Roland Barthes
Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives
Erwin Panofsky
Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism
 
PART FIVE: EXPLAINING AND UNDERSTANDING
 
SECTION ONE: WHAT IS `VERSTEHEN'?
Wilhelm Dilthey
The Development of Hermeneutics
Georg Simmel
The Psychological a priori and its Polar Antitheses
Max Weber
The Definition of Sociology and of Social Action
Methodological Foundations  
Theodore Abel
The Operation Called Verstehen
Alberto Izzo
Verstehen and the Unconscious
A Historical Overview  
 
VOLUME FOUR
 
PART FIVE: EXPLAINING AND UNDERSTANDING (CONTINUED)
 
SECTION ONE: WHAT IS `VERSTEHEN'? (CONTINUED)
Steven Lukes
Different Cultures, Different Rationalities?
Mario Bunge
Interpretation and Hypothesis in Social Studies
 
SECTION TWO: PHENOMENOLOGICAL SOCIOLOGY
Alfred Schutz
Interpretative Sociology
 
SECTION THREE: RATIONAL CHOICE MODEL
Siegwart Lindenberg
Rational Choice and Sociological Theory
New Pressures on Economics as a Social Science  
Karl-Dieter Opp
Contending Conceptions of the Theory of Rational Action
John H Goldthorpe
Rational Action Theory for Sociology
Albertina Oliverio
Risky Choices and Rationality
The Case of HIV/AIDS Preventive Behaviours  
 
SECTION FOUR: COGNITIVE AND AXIOLOGICAL RATIONALITY
Adam Smith
Of the Sense of Justice, of Remorse and of the Consciousness of Merit
Max Weber
Religious Rejections of the World and Their Directions
Karl Popper
The Rationality Principle
Raymond Boudon
Rational Choice Theory or Methodological Individualism?
 
PART SIX: FINDING OUT THE RIGHT THEORETICAL FRAME
 
SECTION ONE: MAKING QUANTITATIVE DATA MEANINGFUL THROUGH QUALITATIVE THEORIES
Bo Rothstein
The Universal Welfare State as a Social Dilemma
 
SECTION TWO: HOW COMPETING THEORIES EXPLAIN THE SAME PHENOMENON
Adam Smith
Of the Expense of the Institutions for the Instruction of People of All Ages
Alexis de Tocqueville
The Example of the Americans Does Not Prove That a Democratic People Can Have No Aptitude and No Taste for Science, Literature or Art
Max Weber
The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism
Emile Durkheim
Imitative Rites
Lucien L[ac]evy-Bruhl
Conclusion to Primitive Mentality
Max Scheler
Ressentiment and Moral Value Judgement
Max Weber
The Social Psychology of the World Religions
Robin Horton
African Traditional Thought and Western Science
From Tradition to Science  
Keith Thomas
Religion and the Decline of Magic
Amartya K Sen
Rational Fools
A Critique of the Behavioral Foundations of Economic Theory  
Bruno S Frey
Not Just for the Money
An Economic Theory of Personal Motivation  
C Mantzavinos
Beyond Homo Oeconomicus and Homo Sociologicus

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