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Tue 9 Oct, Tue 16 Oct, ... Tue 30 Oct 2018
16:00 - 17:30

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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Comparative Historical Methods

Tue 9 Oct, Tue 16 Oct, ... Tue 30 Oct 2018

Description

These four sessions will introduce students to comparative historical research methods, emphasizing their qualitative dimensions. In the first session, we will analyze some contemporary classics within this genre. In the second and third sessions, we will review and distinguish among a variety of intellectual justifications for this genre as a methodology. In the final session, we will focus on a "state of the art" defence of qualitative and comparative-historical research, both in theory and practice.

Sessions

Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 9 Oct 2018   16:00 - 17:30 16:00 - 17:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6 map Dr T.J. Miley
2 Tue 16 Oct 2018   16:00 - 17:30 16:00 - 17:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6 map Dr T.J. Miley
3 Tue 23 Oct 2018   16:00 - 17:30 16:00 - 17:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6 map Dr T.J. Miley
4 Tue 30 Oct 2018   16:00 - 17:30 16:00 - 17:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6 map Dr T.J. Miley
Topics covered
  • Session 1: Classics
  • Session 2: Justifications I
  • Session 3: Justifications II
  • Session 4: State of the Art
Aims
  • To introduce students to the qualitative dimension of comparative historical research methods
  • To analyse some contemporary classics within this genre
  • To review and distinguish among the variety of intellectual justifications for this genre as a methodology
  • To focus on a 'state-of-the-art' defence of qualitative and comparative-historical research in theory and practice
Readings

S1:Classics

S2: Justifications I

  • MacIntyre, M. (2001). β€œIs a science of comparative politics possible?” In Flyvberg, B. (2001). Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails, and How It Can Succeed Again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brady, H.& Collier, D. (eds). (2004). Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • George Lawson, A Global Historical Sociology of Revolution, in J. Go and G. Lawson, eds., Global Historical Sociology, pp.76-98.

S3:Justifications II

  • Pierson, P. (2004) Positive feedback and path dependence [AND] Institutional Development. In Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis. (pp.17-53, 133-166).Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Thelen, K. (2003) How institutions evolve: insights from comparative historical analysis. In Mahoney, J. & Rueschemeyer, D.Comparative-Historical Analysis: Innovations in Theory and Methods. (pp.208-240).
  • A. Przeworski, Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible: http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/politics/faculty/przeworski/papers/isthescience.pdf

S4: State of the Art

  • Dietrich Rueschemeyer, "Analytical Tools for Social and Political Research." In Usable Theory. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009: 1-26.
  • Mahoney, J. (2004) Comparative-historical methodology. Annu. Rev. Sociol. 30:81–101.
  • Mahoney, J.(2006). On the second wave of historical sociology, 1970s-Present. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 47(5):371-377.
  • Mahoney, J. (2007). Qualitative methods and comparative politics. Comparative Political Studies 40(2):122-144.
  • Mahoney, J. (2010) After KKV: the new methodology of qualitative research. World Politics 62(1):120-147.
  • J. Go and A. Lawson, Introduction: For a Global Historical Sociology, in J. Go and G. Lawson, eds., Global Historical Sociology, pp.1-34.
  • G. K. Bhambra, Comparative Historical Sociology and the State: Problems of Method, Cultural Sociology, 10(3): 335-351 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1749975516639085
Assessment

This module is not assessed.

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