Interpretation and Method

Interpretation and Method : Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn

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This book demonstrates the relevance, rigor, and creativity of interpretive research methodologies for political science and its various sub-fields. Designed for use in a course on interpretive research methods, or as a second text in a course in which the instructor seeks a balance between positivist and interpretive approaches, the book situates methods questions within the context of broader methodological questions - specifically, the character of social realities and their "know-ability." Exceptionally clear and well-written chapters provide engaging discussions of the methods of accessing, generating, and analyzing social science data, using methods ranging from reflexive historical analysis to critical ethnography. Reflecting on their own research experiences, the expert contributors offer an inside, applied perspective on how topics, evidence, and methods intertwine to produce knowledge in the social sciences.
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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 177.8 x 248.9 x 27.9mm | 839.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • tables, figures, references, index
  • 0765614634
  • 9780765614636
  • 1,096,072

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; * Introduction; Part I. Meaning and Methodology; 1. Thinking Interpretively: Philosophical Presuppositions and the Human Sciences, Dvora Yanow; 2. Contending Conceptions of Science and Politics: Methodology and the Constitution of the Political, Mary Hawkesworth; 3. Generalization in Comparative and Historical Social Science: The Difference that Interpretivism Makes, Robert Adcock; 4. Neither Rigorous nor Objective? Interrogating Criteria for Knowledge Claims in Interpretive Science, Dvora Yanow; 5. Judging Quality: Evaluative Criteria and Epistemic Communities, Peregrine Schwartz-Shea; Part II. Accessing and Generating Data; 6. Talking Our Way to Meaningful Explanations: A Practice-centered View of Interviewing for Interpretive Research, Joe Soss; 7. Ordinary Language Interviewing, Frederic Charles Schaffer; 8. Seeing with an Ethnographic Sensibility: Explorations Beneath the Surface of Public Policies, Ellen Pader; 9. High Politics and Low Data: Globalization Discourses and Popular Culture, Jutta Weldes; 10. The Numeration of Events: Studying Political Protest in India, Dean E. McHenry, Jr.; Part III. Analyzing Data; 11. Political Science as History: A Reflexive Approach, Ido Oren; 12. Studying the Careers of Knowledge Claims: Applying Science Studies to Legal Studies, Pamela Brandwein; 13. Ethnography, Identity, and the Production of Knowledge, Samer Shehata; 14. Making Sense of Making Sense: Configurational Analysis and the Double Hermeneutic, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson; 15. How Narratives Explain, Mark Bevir; 16. Critical Interpretation and Interwar Peace Movements Challenging Dominant Narratives, Cecelia Lynch; 17. Value-critical Policy Analysis: The Case of Language Policy in the United States, Ronald Schmidt, Sr.; 18. Stories for Research, Steven Maynard-Moody and Michael Musheno; 19. Interpretive Content Analysis: Stories and Arguments in Analytic Documents, Clare Ginger; 20. How Built Spaces Mean: A Semiotics of Space, Dvora Yanow; Part IV. Re-recognizing Interpretive Methodologies in the Human Sciences; 21. We Call It a Grain of Sand: The Interpretive Orientation and a Human Social Science, Timothy Pachirat; 22. Thinking and Doing Social Science in a Humanistic Manner, Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea; References; * About the Editors and Contributors; * Index.
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