A Case for Cases: Comparative Narratives in Sociological Explanation

Peter Abell A Case for Cases: Comparative Narratives in Sociological Explanation Sociological Methods & Research 2009 38: 38-70.

When case studies are constructed as narratives, then causal explanation can be achieved without either comparison or generalization. Narratives provide paths of causal links on a chronology ofactions or events. The links, in turn, can be studied as Bayesian inferences generating Bayesian narratives. The causal paths in a narrative have a Boolean structure.

Key Words: Bayesian narrative • causal explanation • Boolean analysis

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