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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (19 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226702758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226702759
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Redesigning Social Inquiry is aimed at social scientists looking to escape the banality of everyday quantitative research, and here they'll find a sophisticated way out of all the by-the-numbers work. But this book also speaks to those of us who have a profound knowledge of cases and want to explore the implications of this understanding. With this rigorous yet accessible book, Charles Ragin has completed his mission to reorient social science." - Edwin Amenta, University of California, Irvine"

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Charles Ragin is professor of sociology and political science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Fuzzy-Set Social Science and The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies.

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I was led to this book by Peer Fiss' recent article on fuzzy sets in the Academy of Management Review. The fsQCA methodology had significant appeal for me as I had confronted "insignificant outcomes" in my dissertation research due to a unexpectedly small sample size. Ragin is a key figure, perhaps the founding proponent, of the fsQCA method that he popularized in the 1980s. The concept of using fuzzy set theory to extend qualitative comparative analysis appears logical and Ragin certainly details the application of the method in this book well enough to allow the reader to apply the method.
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If you are a social scientist, buy this book 10 Sept. 2012
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Ragin's work is both though provoking and beautiful. He provides a methodology that goes beyond statistical analysis and the relevance of one variable on another. Rather fs/QCA provides a middle path between quantitative an qualitative research that captures causal complexity.
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