Social Research is a bourgeoning field. Of course it has many traditions and approaches, but there is a high premium upon thinking differently and thinking anew because social life is never static or wholly predictable.

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Convergence of Structural Equation Modeling and Multilevel Modeling

Rex B.Kline

Everything is related to everything, but near things are more related than distant things.

The quote that opens this chapter is Waldo Tobler's First Law of Geography (quoted in Longley et al., 2005: 65), and it emphasizes that all places are more ...

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