Written in an accessible and jargon-free style, this book provides a comprehensive, student-friendly guide to the nature and use of case study research. Whether as part of a more substantial study or as the foundation for a self-contained smaller project, case studies provide viable and valuable alternatives to conducting large-scale research. Grounded in both theory and practice, this book sets out not only the key debates and ethical issues surrounding case study research, but also focuses specifically on the work of others and how you can understand, use, and write about secondary data as the basis for your own research project. With tips, examples, and extensive discussion of real-world case studies from a variety of social science and other disciplines, Tight illustrates the kinds of research to which case studies can be applied. Topics include:  • Types of case studies  • Advantages and disadvantages to using case studies  • The meaning and value of case study research  • The use of case studies in different disciplines and research designs Whether you want to know how to access and use the case studies of others or understand the methods behind conducting your own case study research, this book will take you through every step of the process!

Key Debates in Case Study Research


Case study has attracted a lot of attention, both positive and negative. This chapter examines in detail the key debates, which have been going on for decades, around and about case study.

We start by considering alternative perspectives on what case study is and what it isn’t. Is it a research method, an approach, a style, a strategy or a design, or perhaps all of these things? Case study is then considered in a comparative perspective in the light of other possible (and popular) forms of research, such as longitudinal, cross-sectional and experimental research. The position of case study with respect to qualitative and quantitative forms of research is also discussed.

The continuing debates around case study are then reviewed. ...

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