"—Timothy J. Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide provides detailed and practical advice on the construction and use of social science concepts; a Web site provides classroom exercises. Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide provides detailed and practical advice on the construction and use of social science concepts; a Web site provides classroom exercises. INTRODUCTION AND CHAPTER OUTLINE. In this book, Gary Goertz lays the foundation for a new approach to social scientific concepts and demonstrates the many benefits that follow from the thoughtful articulation of concepts in social research. Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide will prove an indispensable guide for graduate students and scholars in the social sciences. For Course Use: Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide has been written with classroom use in mind. Many of the chapters have been successfully taught at the Annual Training Institute on Qualitative Research Methods which is sponsored by the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. In History the key concepts are sources, evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability. Basic Concepts in Social Science . For Course Use: Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide has been written with classroom use in mind. Many of the chapters have been successfully taught at the Annual Training Institute on Qualitative Research Methods which is sponsored by the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. If we consider conflict to be between dyads (by far the most common research design over the last twenty years) and if we have attributes of each member of the dyad, say, level of democracy, how do we form the concept of “dyadic democracy”? The same problems are less pressing for the large-N quantitative literature because most scholars rely on preconstituted populations and their corresponding concepts. To develop a concept is more than providing a definition: it is deciding what is important about an entity. Feedback from those experiences has been incorporated into the text. Sources: http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/file/view/Social+Studies+Concepts.pdf; SSCL Meeting; CSSE Advisory Board (2015) SocialStudiesConcepts’ Each chapter provides useful, practical, and detailed advice on how to construct, evaluate, and use concepts. It explores the means of constructing complex, multilevel, and multidimensional concepts. United Kingdom Oxfordshire, OX20 1TR As this volume has stressed throughout, secondary-level dimensions play a key causal part in the larger theoretical, explanatory enterprise. 2 Evolution in the Use of the Term ‘Racism’ Clearly, racism as a social concept has outlived whatever use it may have had until the 1960s, before its usage became broadened beyond recognition. (For EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero, Mendeley...), CHAPTER TWO Structuring and Theorizing Concepts, CHAPTER THREE Concept Intension and Extension, CHAPTER FOUR Increasing Concept-Measure Consistency, CHAPTER FIVE Substitutability, Aggregation, and Weakest-Link Measures, CHAPTER SIX Concepts and Selecting (on) the Dependent Variable, CHAPTER SEVEN Negative Case Selection: The Possibility Principle, CHAPTER EIGHT Concepts and Choosing Populations, CHAPTER NINE Concepts in Theories: Two-Level Theories. Many of the chapters have been successfully taught at the Annual Training Institute on Qualitative Research Methods which is sponsored by the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. JSTOR®, the JSTOR logo, JPASS®, Artstor®, Reveal Digital™ and ITHAKA® are registered trademarks of ITHAKA. So it is really a question of population selection, not just negative case selection. The Possibility Principle in the large-N conflict literature selects all cases positive and negative. These include questions about prominent published work on concepts, measures, and case selection; in addition there are logic exercises and questions regarding large-N applications. It explores the means of constructing complex, multilevel, and multidimensional concepts. Propositional logic involves the proper manipulation of symbols. If one takes the standard regression-type model it consists of basic-level concepts. He is one of the very few scholars who regularly crosses the boundary between quants and quals, and this book reflects his strength in both areas. Certainly the United States in 1900 qualifies, but Skocpol (1979) never considered this case in her famous study of social revolutions. 468 0 obj <>stream Each chapter provides useful, practical, and detailed advice on how to construct, evaluate, and use concepts. The next... Where and when do “non–social revolutions” occur? Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide will prove an indispensable guide for graduate students and scholars in the social sciences. It uses a wide range of examples from political science and sociology such as revolution, welfare state, international disputes and war, and democracy to illustrate the theoretical and practical issues of concept construction and use. These issues constantly face qualitative researchers because they usually have to construct their populations themselves. Nor did she choose to analyze Canada in 1890, Australia in 1950, or most of the millions of non–social revolutions that have occurred in world history. Concepts lie at the core of social science theory and methodology. Many of the chapters have been successfully taught at the Annual Training Institute on Qualitative Research Methods which is sponsored by the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. China Substantively the problem of dyadic concepts in the literature on international conflict seems far removed from the concepts of corporatism, welfare state, and others that I have discussed... Concepts play two important roles in the research enterprise, as constituent parts of theoretical propositions and as means to select cases for empirical analysis. ©2000-2020 ITHAKA. They provide substance to theories; they form the basis of measurement; they influence the selection of cases. To make the volume more useful, an extensive set of classroom exercises is available from the author's Web page at http://www.u.arizona.edu/~ggoertz/social_science_concepts.html. on JSTOR. You do not have access to this Feedback from those experiences has been incorporated into the text. This chapter addresses a very common problem (and common solution) that appears constantly in the literature on international conflict: how to form a dyadic-level concept from individual-level attributes. We will explore four of the most relevant, each of which provides different insights into the process of community engagement. 0 %%EOF In particular, it examines the classic necessary and sufficient condition approach to concept building and contrasts it with the family resemblance approach. Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide explores alternative means of concept construction and their impact on the role of concepts in measurement, case selection, and theories. Winner of the 2007 Giovanni Sartori Book Award. All Rights Reserved. These include questions about prominent published work on concepts, measures, and case selection; in addition there are logic exercises and questions regarding large-N applications. The social sciences study human beings – their behavior, societies, cultures – in all their variety, across time and space. In particular, it examines the classic necessary and sufficient condition approach to concept building and contrasts it with the family resemblance approach. %PDF-1.6 %���� Phone: +86 10 8457 8802 Each chapter provides useful, practical, and detailed advice on how to construct, evaluate, and use concepts. Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide will prove an indispensable guide for graduate students and scholars in the social sciences. People aren’t atoms, gnus, sulfides, earthquakes, or quasars. Thirty-plus years since its appearance in the American Political Science Review (1970) it shows up regularly on qualitative and research methods syllabi.¹ As I stated in the Introduction, Sartori and Collier form a league of their own when it comes to the literature on concepts. Social Science Concepts: A Users Guide has been written with classroom use in mind.

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