Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn

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Dvora Yanow, Peregrine Schwartz-Shea
M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 2006 - Political Science - 440 pages
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This book demonstrates the relevance, rigor, and creativity of interpretive research methodologies for the social and human sciences. Designed for use either in a course devoted to interpretive or qualitative research methods or 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 contributors offer an inside, applied perspective on how research topics, evidence, and methods intertwine to produce knowledge in the social sciences.

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I am interested in general in the communication of meaning in organizational and policy settings. Present research includes comparative immigrant and integration policies, Dutch race-ethnic category-making, reflective practice and practice studies, science museums and the idea of 'science, ' and US Institutional Review Board and other research regulatory policies and practices.

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