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Recognizing Differences in Social Science Approaches: Questions to Ask While You Read Author: Ringmar (Jan, 17) Author: Abu-Lughod (Jan. 19) 1. What is the author’s argument and/or the central organizing question(s) being asked? 2. Who (or what) is the author arguing against? 3. What kinds of data or evidence does the author use to illustrate and support his or her argument? What kind of data or evidence does the author consider to be ideal data? 4. What methods or frameworks are used to generate, produce, collect, or analyze the above data or evidence? 5. What are the author’s units or objects of analysis (e.g., nations, cultures, trade routes, material conditions vs. ideologies, time periods, objects, ideas?)? Mitchell/Hitchhiker’s Guide/Spring 2012
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Unformatted text preview: 6. Is the author making a comparative argument (between different historical moments, contexts, nations, empires, cultures, etc.), or one that is particular to a specific context? 7. Is the author’s approach diachronic (tracing change in something over time) or synchronic (examining one or more objects at a particular moment in time)? 8. What discipline or disciplines are invoked by the author, either explicitly or implicitly (e.g. history, sociology, economics, literary studies, political science, anthropology, etc.)? 9. What key words can you associate with this perspective, and can you give this approach a label ? 10. What are the limits or critiques of this perspective? Mitchell/Hitchhiker’s Guide/Spring 2012...
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