This book is an introduction to methodological issues in the social sciences that is appropriate for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers with some background in social science subjects. It is a concise and readable guide to doing and evaluating work in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Preface; 1. The problem of unity amidst diversity; 2. A criterial framework; Part I. Concepts: 3. Concepts: general criteria; 4. The process of forming concepts; Part II. Propositions: 5. Empirical propositions: general criteria; 6. Description and prediction; 7. Causation; Part III. Causal Investigation: 8. Verification; 9. Case selection; 10. Methods; 11. General strategy; Postscript: justifications; Bibliography.
"Gerring succeeds and has produced a useful volume, with a few nuggets that desreve to be widely taught and attended to." Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books