Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research

Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research

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Iddo Tavory

In Abductive Analysis, Iddo Tavory and Stefan Timmermans provide a new navigational map for constructing empirically based generalizations in qualitative research. They outline an accessible way to think about observations, methods, and theories that nurtures theory-formation without locking it into predefined conceptual boxes. The authors view research as continually moving back and forth between a set of observations and theoretical generalizations. To craft theory is to then pitch one and rsquo;s observations in relation to other potential cases, both within and without one and rsquo;s field. The book provides novel ways to approach the challenges that plague qualitative researchers across the social sciences and mdash;how to think about the relation between methods and theories, how to conceptualize causality, how to construct axes of variation, and how to leverage the researcher and rsquo;s community of inquiry. Abductive Analysis is a landmark work that shows how a pragmatist approach provides a more productive and fruitful way to conduct qualitative research.

ISBN: 9780226180311

176 pages

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