Case study research has a long and varied history within and beyond the social sciences. This collection brings together the key articles on this method from the full range of social science disciplines: sociology, political science, policy and public administration studies, law, social work, anthropology, community and urban studies, business and management studies, economics and psychology. The foundations and debates central to this method are exhaustively covered.
The first volume covers the early influential statements and examples of case study research. The following three volumes explore issues pertaining to the generalizability of this method, the meaning of 'case', the appropriate methods for collecting data and how case study research enables 'understanding' and 'explanation'. Together they form the most comprehensive collection of articles available in this important research method.
Matthew David is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Science at Durham University, and has undertaken research in the areas of new social movements, online data-services in higher education, online training in rural areas and forms of free online music sharing. He is author of Science in Society (Palgrave 2005) and Peer to Peer and the Music Industry (SAGE 2010), and co-author of Social Research (SAGE, latest edition 2011).
VOLUME ONE PART ONE: CLASSIC ARTICLES IN THE FOUNDING OF THE CASE STUDY TRADITION Case Study Method - Clifford R Shaw Statistics and Case Studies as Methods of Sociological Research - Ernest W Burgess Case Study of Small Institutions as a Method of Research - Charles H Cooley Round Table on the Case Study Method of Sociological Research - Stuart A Queen The Case Study Method in Social Research - Katharine Jocher The Limitations of Domestic Discord Case Records for Research - Dorothy C Kahn A Study of the Techniques of the Social Case Work Interview - Joanna C Colcord Murder and the Case Study Method - Robert E Park Science without Concepts - Herbert Blumer Teaching and Research Culture Case Study and Ideal-Typical Method - Howard Becker With Special Reference to Max Weber A Sociological Theory of Drug Addiction - Alfred R Lindesmith Notes on the Case Study and the Unique Case - Samual A Stouffer Case Study versus Statistical Methods - George A Lundberg An Issue Based on Misunderstanding The Theory of Case Studies - Paul B Foreman Criminal Violation of Financial Trust - Donald R Cressey PART TWO: CASES IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE ETHNOGRAPHIC TRADITION The Community-Study Method - Conrad M Arensberg Body Ritual among the Nacirema - Horace Miner Ethnographic Data in British Social Anthropology - Max Gluckman Ethnographic Data in Social Anthropology in the United States - Fred Eggan The Analysis of Social Situations - G Kingsley Garbett On Ethnographic Authority - James Clifford Knowledge in Context - Brian Wynne The Monograph in European Ethnography - Francoise Zonabend Faulty Environments and Risk Reasoning - Alan Irwin, P Simmons and G Walker The Local Understanding of Industrial Hazards PART THREE: THE SCOPE AND LIMITS OF GENERALIZATION AND CAUSAL EXPLANATION IN CASE STUDY RESEARCH The Logical Structure of Analytic Induction - W S Robinson Rejoinder to Comments on 'The Logical Structure of Scientific Induction - W S Robinson Comment on W S Robinson's 'The Logical Structure of Analytic Induction - Alfred R Lindesmith Comment on W S Robinson's 'The Logical Structure of Analytic Induction - S Kirson Weinberg The Quest of Universals in Sociological Research - Ralph H Turner Problems of Inference and Proof in Participant Observation - Howard S Becker Generalizing from Single Case Studies - Mary M Kennedy Applying the Logic of Sample Surveys to Qualitative Case Studies - Charles C McClintock, Diane Brannon and Steven Maynard-Moody The Case Cluster Method The Case Study as a Serious Research Strategy - Robert K Yin Narrative Generalization - Robert E Stake and Deborah J Turnbull Case and Situation Analysis - J Clyde Mitchell On the Status of Singularity in Sociology - Jacques Hamel VOLUME TWO PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH The Case Study Method in Social Inquiry - Robert E Stake Case Study and Case Records - Lawrence Stenhouse Towards a Contemporary History of Education The Study of Samples and the Study of Cases - Lawrence Stenhouse Portraits of Exemplary Secondary School - Sara Lawrence Lightfoot George Washington Carver Comprehensive High School Effective Schools - William E Bickel Knowledge Dissemination, Inquiry The Principle as Prime Mover - Robert Donmoyer Multiple Qualitative Policy Research - Robert E Herriott and William A Firestone Optimizing Description and Generalizability Case Study Generalization - David H Tripp An Agenda for Action The Paradox of Case Study - Helen Simons PART FIVE: CASE STUDIES IN MEDICINE AND MENTAL HEALTH Statistical Inference and the Single Case in Clinical Design - J B Chassan The Life Review - Robert N Butler An Interpretation of Reminiscence in the Aged Face Recognition by Brain Injured Patients - Robert K Yin A Dissociable Ability? Remembering Drinks Orders - Henry L Bennett The Memory Skills of a Cocktail Waitress Accounting for Augustus Lamb - Hilary Dickenson Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Biography and Historical Sociology Existential and Clinical Uncertainty in the Medical Encounter - Christopher Adamson An Idographic Account of an Illness Trajectory defined by Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Avascular Necrosis The Missing Voice of the Critically Ill - David Rier A Medical Sociologist's First-Person Account Two Journeys - Devika Chawla VOLUME THREE PART SIX: CASE STUDY RESEARCH IN PLANNING AND POLICY STUDIES Using the Case Study Method to Analyze Policy Studies - Robert K Yin and Karen A Heald The Politics of Revitalization in Gentrifying Neighbourhoods - Deborah A Auger The Case of Boston's South End The Case Study Crisis - Robert K Yin Some Answers The Public Policy and Management Program for Case/Course Development - Duane Windsor and George Greavias Process Sampling - Charles C McClintock A Method for Case Study Research on Administrative Behaviour Cautions on the Use of Investigative Case Studies in Meta-Evaluation - Nick L Smith The Comparative Case Study Approach in Public Administration - Robert Agranoff and Beryl A Radin The Case Study Method as a Tool for Doing Evaluation - Robert K Yin PART SEVEN: CASE STUDY RESEARCH IN POLITICAL SCIENCE Degrees of Freedom and the Case Study - Donald T Campbell The Comparable Cases Strategy in Comparative Research - Arend Lijphart Rentier State and Shi'a Islam in the Iranian Revolution - Theda Skocpol Comments on Skocpol - Nikki R Keddie Comments on Skocpol - Eqbal Ahmad Commentary on Skocpol - Walter L Goldfrank Ideologies and Social Revolutions - William H Sewell Reflections on the French Case Cultural Idioms and Political Ideologies in the Revolutionary Reconstruction of State Power - Theda Skocpol A Rejoinder to Sewell Resource Mobilization Theory and the Study of Social Movements - J Craig Jenkins Skocpol on Revolution - Elizabeth Nichols Comparative Analysis versus Historical Conjuncture Analyzing Causal Configurations in History - Theda Skocpol A Rejoinder to Nichols VOLUME FOUR PART EIGHT: CASE STUDY RESEARCH IN BUSINESS, WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL STUDIES The Collective Bargaining Process - William Foote Whyte and S Garfield Advancing Scientific Knowledge through Participatory Action Research - William Foote Whyte The Extended Case Method - Michael Burawoy Research, Action and Participation - R Walton and M Gaffney The Rise of the Pentagon and U S State Building - Gregory Hooks The Defence Programme as Industrial Policy PART NINE: BIOGRAPHY, LIFE HISTORY AND CASE STUDY METHOD The Life Story - Jeff Todd Titon The Human Studies and Life History - Bertram Cohler The Life Course of Gay and Lesbian Youth - Andrew M Boxer and Bertram Cohler An Immodest Proposal for the Study of Lives Reading Lives - Mary Evans How the Personal Might Be Social The Problem of Other Lives - Michael Erben Social Perspectives on Written Biography Weaving Stories - Pam Cotterill and Gayle Letherby Personal Auto/Biographies in Feminist Research Life Stories and Social Careers - Robin Humphrey Ageing and Social Life in an Ex-Mining Town PART TEN: RE-EVALUATIONS OF THE CASE STUDY METHOD What Can Case Studies Do? - Jennifer Platt Building Theories from Case Study Research - Kathleen M Eisenhardt Evaluating and Rethinking the Case Study - Randy Stoecker The Case Method in Sociology - Introduction - Jacques Hamel New Theoretical and Methodological Issues The Romanticism of Agency/Structure versus the Analysis of Micro/Macro - Randell Collins Einstein, Renoir and Greeley - Stanley Lieberson Evidence in Sociology