The Art and Craft of Comparison

John Boswell, Jack Corbett, R. A.W. Rhodes

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Is it possible to compare French presidential politics with village leadership in rural India? Most social scientists are united in thinking such unlikely juxtapositions are not feasible. Boswell, Corbett and Rhodes argue that they are possible. This book explains why and how. It is a call to arms for interpretivists to embrace creatively comparative work. As well as explaining, defending and illustrating the comparative interpretive approach, this book is also an engaging, hands-on guide to doing comparative interpretive research, with chapters covering design, fieldwork, analysis and writing. The advice in each revolves around 'rules of thumb', grounded in experience, and illustrated through stories and examples from the authors' research in different contexts around the world. Naturalist and humanist traditions have thus far dominated the field but this book presents a real alternative to these two orthodoxies which expands the horizons of comparative analysis in social science research.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press (Anthem Press)
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)9781108561563
ISBN (Print)9781108472852
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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