Multiple case studies Holistic or embedded

Multiple-case studies: Holistic or embedded. The fact that a design calls for multiple-case studies does not eliminate the variation identified earlier with single-case studies: Each individual case study may still be holistic or contain embedded subunits. In other words, a multiple-case study may consist of multiple holistic cases (see Figure 2.4, Type 3) or of multiple… Continue reading Multiple case studies Holistic or embedded

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Multiple Case Study Procedure

Multiple-Case Study Procedure Source: Cosmos Corporation. Your judgment will be a discretionary, not formulaic, one. Such discretionary judgments are not peculiar to case study research. They also occur in non–case study research, such as in setting the criterion for defining a “significant effect” in experiments. Thus, designating a “p < .05” or “p < .01” likelihood of… Continue reading Multiple Case Study Procedure

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The Origins of Social Class essay

The Origins of Social Class The second example (which comes from Application 3) is about the uncovering and labeling of a social class structure based on a case study of a medium-sized American city, Yankee City (Warner & Lunt, 1941). This classic case study in sociology made a critical contribution to social stratification theory and an… Continue reading The Origins of Social Class essay

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An Embedded Single Case Design

An Embedded, Single-Case Design Union Democracy (1956) is a highly regarded case study by three distinguished academicians—Seymour Martin Lipset, Martin Trow, and James Coleman. The case study is about the inside politics within a single, large, but complex entity, the International Typographical Union. The case study had several subunits of analysis. The main unit was the… Continue reading An Embedded Single Case Design

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Case Study Research Designs

Case Study Research Designs Traditional case study research has not usually included the idea of having formal designs, as might be found when doing survey or experimental research. You still may successfully conduct a new case study without any formal design. However, attending to the potential case study research designs can make your case studies… Continue reading Case Study Research Designs

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Government Management of National Identity

Government Management of “Spoiled” National Identity The fourth example creatively extended Erving Goffman’s well-known sociological theory, regarding the management of stigma by individual people, to an institutional level (Rivera, 2008). A field-based case study of Croatia showed how the stigma created by the wars of Yugoslav secession had demolished the country’s image as a desirable… Continue reading Government Management of National Identity

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The Revelatory Case as a Single Case Study

The Revelatory Case as a Single-Case Study Another rationale for selecting a single-case is that the researcher has access to a situation previously inaccessible to empirical study. The case study is therefore worth conducting because the descriptive information alone will be revelatory. Such was the situation in Elliot Liebow’s (1967) sociological classic, Tally’s Corner. The book is… Continue reading The Revelatory Case as a Single Case Study

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Discussion on Construct Validity

Construct Validity This first test is especially challenging in case study research. People who have been critical of case studies often point to the fact that a case study researcher fails to develop a sufficiently operational set of measures and that “subjective” judgments—ones tending to confirm a researcher’s preconceived notions (Flyvbjerg, 2006; Ruddin, 2006)—are used… Continue reading Discussion on Construct Validity

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