The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods
- David Byrne - University of Durham, UK
- Charles C Ragin - University of California, Irvine, USA, University of Arizona, USA
Case Study & Narrative Analysis | Public Health Research Methods | Sociological Research Methods
Case-based methods have a long history in the social sciences. They are extensively used and raise many practical and theoretical questions. This book provides a comprehensive, critical examination of case-oriented research. It offers concrete proposals about the best research methods and provides an unparalleled guide to the emergence and complexity of the field.
- Situates the reader in the essential theoretical and practical issues;
- Demonstrates the unity and diversity of case-oriented research through an examination of case-based methods;
- Distinguishes between case-based and case study research;
- Elucidates the philosophical issues around case based methods;
- Examines case-based work in the context of both social theory and theories of research methods.
An excellent text comprehensively discusses the variety of approaches used within case based research. Strongly recommend to active researchers and those interested in pursuing doctoral studies.
For those interested in case study work this is a useful and informative text.
A very useful and thought-provoking book, but a little too sophisticated for potential use with my students (although I will be using it in my own research). I was a little surprised that no reference or use is made of Michael Bassey's work (and his excellent book on case study research), but this is a good starting point for exploring case study research.