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The use of case studies to build and test theories in political science and the other social sciences has increased in recent years. Many scholars have argued that the social sciences rely too heavily on quantitative research and formal models and have attempted to develop and refine rigorous methods for using case studies. This text presents a comprehensive analysis of research methods using case studies and examines the place of case studies in social science methodology. It argues that case studies, statistical methods, and formal models are complementary rather than competitive. The book explains how to design case study research that will produce results useful to policymakers and emphasizes the importance of developing policy-relevant theories. It offers three major contributions to case study methodology: an emphasis on the importance of within-case analysis, a detailed discussion of process tracing, and development of the concept of typological theories. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences will be particularly useful to graduate students and scholars in social science methodology and the philosophy of science, as well as to those designing new research projects, and will contribute greatly to the broader debate about scientific methods.
This book engages with literary, philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives on suicide, while also engaging with medical humanities and offering detailed analyses of key literary texts from the long twentieth century. It is aimed at a wide audience of literary academics and students of literature and cultural studies.
Andrew Bennett challenges the popular conception of Wordsworth as a writer who didn't so much write poetry as compose it aloud or in his head. This sustained attention to the question of writing in Wordsworth produces compelling readings of the major poems.
This original study offers clear but conceptually sophisticated readings of Keats's major poems, informed by contemporary literary theory. The book focuses on the relationship between narrative in Keats's poetry and its audience and readers, while also developing a theory of reading for Romantic poetry more generally.
What is an 'author'? This volume investigates the changing definitions of the author, what it has meant historically to be an 'author', and the impact that this has had on literary culture.
This work covers the relationship between popular music and youth culture. Reviewing existing literature, it goes on to make illustrative use of studies of dance music, rap, bhangra and rock to examine how these musical styles become part of daily life in different urban settings.
An excellent theoretical work that investigates ignorance in literature.
This 1999 book examines the way in which the Romantic period's culture of posterity inaugurates a tradition of writing which demands that the poet should write for an audience of the future: the true poet, a figure of neglected genius, can be properly appreciated only after death. Andrew Bennett argues that this involves a radical shift in the conceptualization of the poet and poetic reception, with wide-ranging implications for the poetry and poetics of the Romantic period. He surveys the contexts for this transformation of the relationship between poet and audience, engaging with issues such as the commercialization of poetry, the gendering of the canon, and the construction of poetic identity. Bennett goes on to discuss the strangely compelling effects which this reception theory produces in the work of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Byron, who have come to embody, for posterity, the figure of the Romantic poet.
Why did the Soviet Union use less force to preserve the Soviet empire from 1989 to 1991 than it had used in distant and impoverished Angola in 1975? This book examines how actors' preferences and causal conceptions change as they learn from their experiences.
Nine intriguing and astonishing stories by one of the most outstanding storytellers of our time. Stories include: Man from the South, Lamb to the Slaughter, The Landlady, The champion of the World, Galloping Foxley, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat, The Ratcatcher and The Hitchhiker.
"Hooper had known, from the very first moment he had looked into Kingshaw's face, that it would all be easy, that he would always be able to make him afraid." This tragic tale of two isolated children explores the nature of cruelty and the power of evil.