The Grounded Type of Sociological Theory

Some Methodological Reflections
Author: Igor Hanzel
Publisher: Lang, Peter Frankfurt
ISBN: 9783631672396
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
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The book analyzes the methods used in the construction of the grounded type of sociological theory. It provides an overview of examples of qualitative research which are used for delineating the principal characteristics of methods employed in the construction of the grounded type of theory. Subject to explication are the characteristics of concepts, categories, and properties of categories employed in this type of theory, as well as the main steps involved in the construction of a grounded type of theory. These steps are explicated by applying the modern logical and methodological treatment of induction, deduction, and abduction.

Practice Theory, Work, and Organization

An Introduction
Author: Davide Nicolini
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199231605
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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Drawing on a variety of theoretical traditions, practice theories have explored the idea that phenomena such as knowledge, meaning, science, power, organized activity, sociality, and institutions, are rooted in practice. Practice theories have become of increasing interest for management and organizational scholars in recent years, and this book is an advanced introduction to the complexities of the area for academics, researchers, and graduate students inorganization studies, management, and across the social sciences.

Practice Theory and Research

Exploring the dynamics of social life
Author: Gert Spaargaren,Don Weenink,Machiel Lamers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131732644X
Category: Social Science
Page: 262
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There has been an upsurge in scholarship concerned with theories of social practices in various fields including sociology, geography and management studies. This book provides a systematic introduction and overview of recent formulations of practice theory organised around three important themes: the importance of analysing the role of the non-human alongside the human; the reflexive nature of social science research; and the dynamics of social change. Combining a rich variety of detailed empirical research examples with discussion of the relevance of practice theories for policy and social change, this book represents an excellent sourcebook for all academic and professional researchers interested in working with practice theory.

Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research


Author: Reza Banakar,Max Travers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847316913
Category: Law
Page: 392
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Socio-legal researchers increasingly recognise the need to employ a wide variety of methods in studying law and legal phenomena, and the need to be informed by an understanding of debates about theory and method in mainstream social science. The papers in this volume illustrate how a range of topics, including EU law, ombudsmen, judges, lawyers, Shariah Councils and the quality assurance industry can be researched from a socio-legal perspective. The objective of the collection is to show how different methods can be used in researching law and legal phenomena, how methodological issues and debates in sociology are relevant to the study of law, and the importance of the debate between "structural" and "action" traditions in researching law. It also approaches the methodological problem of how sociology of law can address the content of legal practice from a variety of perspectives and discusses the relationship between pure and applied research. The editors provide a critical introduction to each of the six sections, and a general introduction on law, sociology and method. The collection will provide an invaluable resource for socio-legal researchers, law school researchers and postgraduates.

Reflections on Sociology and Theology

David Martin
Author: David Martin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198273844
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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Reflections on Sociology and Theology is a collection of essays by a distinguished sociologist exploring the relationship between sociology and religious issues. After laying out the main themes to be explored, David Martin divides the essays into three sections: . Part I: Theoretical Considerations have a strong methodological content, and examine the nature of sociology and theology, and their inter-relationship. Part II: Practical Issues discusses sociological and practical issues of interest to theologians, such as peace studies, Christian Unity, and the nature of religious comment on politics. Part III: Addresses to Clergy and to Teachers of Sociology divides into two parts: the first address is directed against the notion of collective guilt as propagated by both religious and secular sources. The second, aimed at the clergy, sets out the empirical situation of western Christianity and suggests a socio-theological response. David Martin presents an elegant, compelling argument that religion and sociology can - and should - co-exist.

What Is a Case?

Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry
Author: Charles C. Ragin,Howard Saul Becker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521421881
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
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The concept of the case is a basic feature of social science research and yet many questions about how a case should be defined, selected, and judged are far from settled. The contributors to this volume probe the nature of the case and the ways in which different understandings of the concept affect the conduct and the results of research. The contributions demonstrate that the work of any given researcher is often characterised by some hybrid of these basic approaches, and it is important to understand that most research involves multiple definitions and uses of cases, as both specific empirical phenomena and as general theoretical categories.

A Poetic for Sociology

Toward a Logic of Discovery for the Human Sciences
Author: Richard Harvey Brown
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226076195
Category: Social Science
Page: 302
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For too long, argues Richard Harvey Brown, social scientists have felt forced to choose between imitating science's empirical methodology and impersonating a romantic notion of art, the methods of which are seen as primarily a matter of intuition, interpretation, and opinion. Developing the idea of a "cognitive aesthetic," Brown shows how both science and art—as well as the human studies that stand between them—depend on metaphoric thinking as their "logic of discovery" and may be assessed in terms of such aesthetic criteria of adequacy as economy, elegance, originality, scope, congruence, and form. By recognizing this "aesthetic" common ground between science and art, Brown demonstrates that a fusion can be achieved within the human sciences of these two principal ideals of knowledge—the scientific or positivist one and the artistic or intuitive one. A path, then, is opened for creating a knowledge of ourselves and society which is at once objective and subjective, at once valid scientifically and significantly humane.

Common Ground?

Readings and Reflections on Public Space
Author: Anthony M. Orum,Zachary P. Neal
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415996899
Category: Social Science
Page: 227
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The Connected City explores how thinking about networks helps make sense of modern cities: what they are, how they work, and where they are headed. Cities and urban life can be examined as networks, and these urban networks can be examined at many different levels. The book focuses on three levels of urban networks: micro, meso, and macro. These levels build upon one another, and require distinctive analytical approaches that make it possible to consider different types of questions. At one extreme, micro-urban networks focus on the networks that exist within cities, like the social relationships among neighbors that generate a sense of community and belonging. At the opposite extreme, macro-urban networks focus on networks between cities, like the web of nonstop airline flights that make face-to-face business meetings possible. This book contains three major sections organized by the level of analysis and scale of network. Throughout these sections, when a new methodological concept is introduced, a separate âe~method noteâe(tm) provides a brief and accessible introduction to the practical issues of using networks in research. What makes this book unique is that it synthesizes the insights and tools of the multiple scales of urban networks, and integrates the theory and method of network analysis.

Systemic Intervention

Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice
Author: Gerald Midgley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780306464881
Category: Social Science
Page: 447
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This book aims to rethink systemic intervention to enhance its relevance for supporting social change in the 21st century. It offers a new systems philosophy and methodology, focusing upon the fundamental importance of exploring value and boundary judgements as part of the intervention process. It includes four detailed examples of the practice of systemic intervention.

How the Bible Works

An Anthropological Study of Evangelical Biblicism
Author: Brian Malley
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759106659
Category: Religion
Page: 173
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What do evangelicals believe when they 'believe in the Bible'? Despite hundreds of English versions that differ in their texts, evangelicals continue to believe that there is a stable text--'the Bible'--which is the authoritative word of God and an essential guide to their everyday lives. To understand this phenomenon of evangelical Biblicism, anthropologist and biblical scholar Brian Malley looks not to the words of the Bible but to the Bible-believing communities. For as Malley demonstrates, it is less the meaning of the words of the Bible itself than how 'the Bible' provides a proper ground for beliefs that matters to evangelicals. Drawing on recent cognitive and social theory and extensive fieldwork in an evangelical church, Malley's book is an invaluable guide for seminarians, social scientists of religion, or for anyone who wants to understand just how the Bible works for American evangelicals.

Collective Rights

A Legal Theory
Author: Miodrag A. Jovanović
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107007380
Category: Law
Page: 230
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A legal-theoretical account of collective rights, grounded in the normative-moral view of 'value collectivism'.

George Herbert Mead and Human Conduct


Author: Herbert Blumer
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759104686
Category: Social Science
Page: 197
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Unpublished book manuscript and related correspondence by famous symbolic interactionist Herbert Blumer concerning the work of George Herbert Mead, the founder of symbolic interactionism. Includes an introduction and notes by Thomas J. Morrione. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Qualitative Approaches to Criminal Justice

Perspectives from the Field
Author: Mark Pogrebin
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761926030
Category: Law
Page: 406
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This is one of the first books to focus on the use of qualitative research in each component of the criminal justice system. It provides varied examples of qualitative research methods applications for the study and analysis of the field. Each of the book's chapters has an overview that discusses the qualitative method used by the different authors, with brief commentaries that analyse the research techniques. The articles selected for this anthology explore professionals' experiences in the criminal justice system.

Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis

Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry
Author: Kathy Charmaz,Linda M. McMullen
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1609181425
Category: Social Science
Page: 434
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This unique text provides a broad introduction to qualitative analysis together with concrete demonstrations and comparisons of five major approaches. Leading scholars apply their respective analytic lenses to a narrative account and interview featuring "Teresa," a young opera singer who experienced a career-changing illness. The resulting analyses vividly exemplify what each approach looks like in action. The researchers then probe the similarities and differences among their approaches; their distinctive purposes and strengths; the role, style, and subjectivity of the individual researcher; and the scientific and ethical complexities of conducting qualitative research. Also included are the research participant's responses to each analysis of her experience. A narrative account from another research participant, "Gail," can be used by readers to practice the kinds of analysis explored in the book.

Corpus delicti

Männlichkeit, Rassismus und Kriminalisierung im Alltag jugendlicher Migranten
Author: Susanne Spindler
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783897717381
Category: Children of immigrants
Page: 356
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Descriptive Adaptation Studies

Epistemological and Methodological Issues
Author: Patrick Cattrysse
Publisher: Maklu
ISBN: 904413129X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 363
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It is common practice nowadays for adaptation critics to denounce the lack of meta-theoretical thinking in adaptation studies and to plead for a study of ‘adaptation-as-adaptation’; one that eschews value judgments, steps beyond normative fidelity-based discourse, examines adaptation from an intertextual perspective, and abandons the single-source model for a multiple-source model. This study looks into a research program that does all that and more. It was developed in the late 1980s and presented in the early 1990s as a ‘polysystem’ (PS) study of adaptations. Since then, the PS label has been replaced with ‘descriptive’. This book studies the question of whether and how a PS approach could evolve into a descriptive adaptation studies (DAS) approach. Although not perfect (no method is), DAS offers a number of assets. Apart from dealing with the above-mentioned issues, DAS transcends an Auteurist approach and looks at explanation beyond the level of individual agency (even if contextualized). As an alternative to the endless accumulation of ad hoc case studies, it suggests corpus-based research into wider trends of adaptational behavior and the roles and functions of sets of adaptations. DAS also allows reflection upon its own epistemic values. It sheds new light on some old issues: How can one define adaptation? What does it mean to study adaptation-as-adaptation? Is equivalence still possible and is the concept still relevant? DAS also tackles some deeper epistemological issues: How can phenomena be compared? Why would difference be more real than sameness or change more real than stasis? How does description relate to evaluation, explanation and prediction, etc.? This book addresses both theory-minded scholars who are interested in epistemological reflection and practice-oriented adaptation students who want to get started. From a theoretical point of view, it discusses arguments that could support the legitimacy of adaptation studies as an academic discipline. From a practical point of view, it explains in general terms ways of conducting an adaptation study. Patrick Cattrysse’s work is of utmost importance to Adaptation Studies. As the first extended attempt to develop a rigorous methodology which borrows in very meaningful ways from Adaptation Studies’ cousin Translation Studies, this book should be on every Adaptation scholar’s shelf. While Hutcheons, Sanders and Leitch, to name but a few, layed the groundwork which allowed Adaptation Studies to establish itself as a field of inquiry in its own right, Cattrysse moves the field into the next necessary stage: that of developing conceptual tools which stand the test of critical investigation and allow Adaptation Studies to move beyond the single case-study approach. (Katja Krebs - University of Bristol) This book is a bold initiative: it proposes, and illustrates, a comprehensive new empirical research programme for film adaptation studies, inspired by the way systems theory and norm theory have expanded Translation Studies. One of the book’s unusual strengths is the way the proposal is grounded in a thoughtful theoretical discussion of conceptual and methodological issues, dealing with such notions as theory, descriptivism, definition, diachrony and explanation. This gives the work a significance that ranges well beyond Adaptation Studies alone; it deserves the attention of scholars in the humanities in general. (Andrew Chesterman - University of Helsinki) This dense and theoretically-informed study argues forcefully for a descriptive systems analysis approach to literature/ film adaptation, building on the author’s earlier corpus-based study of film noir and adaptation. Providing a wide-ranging discussion of important critical questions (including the place of logical positivism in humanistic studies), this book will give adaptation scholars much to think about. Well-written, carefully organized, and consistently persuasive, DESCRIPTIVE ADAPTATION STUDIES promises to be an important intervention in a field of increasing importance in humanistic studies. Must reading for scholars in the field (R. Barton Palmer; Clemson University).

Organizational Innovation by Integrating Simplification

Learning from Buurtzorg Nederland
Author: Sharda S. Nandram
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319117254
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 225
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This book presents the theory of integrating implification and it provides a profound evidence based study of Buurtzorg Nederland. The case itself, forming the building block of the theory, has received tremendous interest in the Netherlands and abroad. This is the first international book on Buurtzorg Nederland and the first one departing from a management multidisciplinary perspective. The book demonstrates theory building by using the Grounded Theory Methodology as a way to contribute to management theory. Integrating simplification gives room for context specific implementation of organizational innovation to different industries.

Social Research


Author: Tim May
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335239986
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Reflexivity and the Crisis of Western Reason


Author: Barry Sandywell
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415087562
Category: Social Science
Page: 525
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This ground-breaking work, the first in a series of volumes, explores the genealogical analysis of the discourses of reflection. Barry Sandywell traces the differences between the traditional discourses of reflection and the experiences of reflexivity in everyday, social and philosophical thought. The central contention of Sandywell's argument is that in order to begin to address these types of questions we must first explore the force field between the discourses of reflection and reflexivity. To do so requires radical self-investigations of the role of reflexivity in human experience, and more especially of the role of the languages, practices, and institutions of self-reflection within the fabric of Western culture. Consequently, these 'logological investigations' introduce a method of analysis which traces the epochal movement of thought from a videological to a dialogical conception of the world. In doing so they introduce some of the preliminary work necessary for more detailed studies of premodern, modern, and postmodern forms of reflexivity in the subsequent volumes. Brilliantly organized and abounding with astonishing insights, Volume 1 offers a fundamental challenge to our normal ways of viewing social thought.