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Field Research in Political Science

Field Research in Political Science

  • Author: Diana Kapiszewski,Lauren M. MacLean,Benjamin L. Read
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107006031
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 470
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Explains how field research contributes value to political science by exploring scholars' experiences, detailing exemplary practices, and asserting key principles.

Borderland Battles

Borderland Battles

Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War

  • Author: Annette Idler
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190849169
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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The post-cold war era has seen an unmistakable trend toward the proliferation of violent non-state groups-variously labeled terrorists, rebels, paramilitaries, gangs, and criminals-near borders in unstable regions especially. In Borderland Battles, Annette Idler examines the micro-dynamics among violent non-state groups and finds striking patterns: borderland spaces consistently intensify the security impacts of how these groups compete for territorial control, cooperate in illicit cross-border activities, and replace the state in exerting governance functions. Drawing on extensive fieldwork with more than 600 interviews in and on the shared borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, where conflict is ripe and crime thriving, Idler reveals how dynamic interactions among violent non-state groups produce a complex security landscape with ramifications for order and governance, both locally and beyond. A deep examination of how violent non-state groups actually operate with and against one another on the ground, Borderland Battles will be essential reading for anyone involved in reducing organized crime and armed conflict-some of our era's most pressing and seemingly intractable problems.

Social Science Methodology

Social Science Methodology

A Unified Framework

  • Author: John Gerring
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139503774
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: N.A
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John Gerring's exceptional textbook has been thoroughly revised in this second edition. It offers a one-volume introduction to social science methodology relevant to the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology. This new edition has been extensively developed with the introduction of new material and a thorough treatment of essential elements such as conceptualization, measurement, causality and research design. It is written for students, long-time practitioners and methodologists and covers both qualitative and quantitative methods. It synthesizes the vast and diverse field of methodology in a way that is clear, concise and comprehensive. While offering a handy overview of the subject, the book is also an argument about how we should conceptualize methodological problems. Thinking about methodology through this lens provides a new framework for understanding work in the social sciences.

Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide

Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide

Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis

  • Author: Barry Cooper,Judith Glaesser,Roger Gomm,Martyn Hammersley
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441142207
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 288
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An exploration of case-focused methods as a means of bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide and the key methodological issues.

Knowledge in Action

Knowledge in Action

The search for collaborative research for sustainable landscape development

  • Author: Annemarie van Paassen,Jolanda van den Berg,Eveliene Steingröver,Renate Werkman,Bas Pedroli
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9086867243
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 319
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Wageningen Univerisity and Research Centre is known for its practical and societally relevant research in spatial development. Stakeholders currently put much emphasis on participatory processes in landscape planning procedures. This poses a special challenge for research. What role does research play in our present world characterised by complexity, competing claims and development needs, and an increased concern for climate change and environmental impact? In the book 'Knowledge in Action' we explore different types of transdisciplinary research that scientists engage in. Depending on the societal context and the interests of local citizens, researchers apply different research approaches to optimally incorporate the various points of view in their research and promote processes enhancing dialogue and shared results. In the book authors present their research experiences: their theoretical inspiration, the research methodology applied to consult, share and collaborate with societal actors in order to create options for change. The book includes several striking examples from The Netherlands (both successful and less effective), and also innovative examples from communities in Africa and Asia. The authors reflect on opportunities, problems and dilemma's they had to deal with. They especially address how far the role and theoretical perspectives of collaborative researchers can lead them in action research. Can they limit themselves to joint knowledge production and learning processes or should they engage in strategic positioning, advocacy and entrepreneurship to make it happen? The book discusses the issues that researchers should consider when they position their research activities within ongoing developments at landscape level. Read the book and judge for yourself.

Methods for Development Work and Research

Methods for Development Work and Research

A New Guide for Practitioners

  • Author: Britha Mikkelsen
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761933274
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 373
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an indispensable, down-to-earth, richly illustrated guide to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods for research and practice in development settings.

Interpretation and Method

Interpretation and Method

Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn

  • Author: Dvora Yanow,Peregrine Schwartz-Shea
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9780765614629
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 440
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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, this book situates methods questions within the context of methodological questions - the character of social realities and their "know-ability."

Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age

Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age

A Study in Discourse Analysis

  • Author: Bryan S. R. Green
  • Publisher: AldineTransaction
  • ISBN: 9780202304502
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 226
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Tropes of Politics

Tropes of Politics

Science, Theory, Rhetoric, Action

  • Author: John S. Nelson
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
  • ISBN: 9780299158347
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 291
  • View: 1882
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In this volume, the author aims to apply rhetorical analysis first to political theory, and then to politics in practice. He offers an examination of political science and political theory as fields of study, and undertakes a series of creative examinations of political rhetoric.

Enterprise and Small Business

Enterprise and Small Business

Principles, Practice and Policy

  • Author: Sara Carter,Dylan Jones-Evans
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • ISBN: 9780273702672
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 572
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This text provides a comprehensive introduction to small businesses, the changing business environment in which they emerge and operate, the nature of entrepreneurship and the practical business of managing a small firm.