Elucidating Social Science Concepts : An Interpretivist Guide
- Paperback | 118 pages
- 152 x 229 x 10.16mm | 505g
- 06 Aug 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 1 Tables, black and white
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John Gerring, Boston University
Elucidating Social Science Concepts should be celebrated as a landmark achievement in the field. In this slender volume, Frederic Schaffer elaborates a powerful account of what it might mean to take an interpretive approach to concepts in social science research.... I cannot remember the last time I read a book that had such a fundamental effect on my understanding of what it means to do interpretive research - and what defines its distinctive contributions to social science.
Joe Soss, University of Minnesota, in European Political Science
For the reader new to the study of political vocabulary, or seeking to incorporate concept analysis into one's own research agenda, there is no better introduction than Elucidating Social Science Concepts. This is no standard introductory text, however. In Elucidating Social Science Concepts's second role, Schaffer offers his own trenchant intervention into the growing debates over the nature of concepts, their role within linguistic and social life, and their value to social scientists.
Douglas C. Dow, University of Texas-Dallas, in European Political Science
With this volume, Schaffer's real contribution is the stimulating deployment of language, example and imagery to initiate a process of political imagination that is quite needed in political days such as these we face.... It would be a serious mistake for this guide to be read only by interpretivists.
Lahra Smith, Georgetown University, in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research
In Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide, Frederic Schaffer makes a crucial intervention. Not only does he show us why and how concepts are critical in shaping research questions and findings, he also offers clear suggestions for scholars looking to engage thoughtfully with the concepts they use. The book adopts an interpretivist approach, yet it is a critical read for every social scientist.
Erica S. Simmons, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Perspectives on Politics
About Frederic Charles Schaffer