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Week 13 - Historical Comparative Methods

Week 13 - Historical Comparative Methods - Social Research...

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Social’Research’Methods SOC’293 20’and’22’November’2012 Historical’Comparative’ Methods Types of H-C Questions Addressing ‘big’ questions Examining social change Comparing societies/cultures H-C vs. Quantitative Approaches H-C vs. Qualitative Approaches Similarities Point’of’view’is’important Examine’diversity’of’data Use’of’grounded’theory Use’of’translation Focus’on’action,’process,’sequence’of’time Generalization’and’theory’is’limited Distinct H-C Approach Steps in H-C Research Conceptualizing the object of inquiry Locating evidence
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Evaluating quality of evidence Organizing evidence Synthesizing Data and Evidence Types of historical evidence Primary’sources Secondary’sources Running’records Recollections Oral’History Research with Primary Sources Survival’of’data What’survives’is’not’random’(can’be’incidentally’or’ accidentally’left’behind) External’criticism Internal’criticism Non’source-based’knowledge Research with Secondary Sources Historians’are’not’value/theory’free’data’sets’ (They’ have’diFerent’perspectives’and’cannot’be’ completely’objective)
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