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!

The Use of Case Study in Different Disciplines


As indicated in Chapter 2, case study is widely used in a range of disciplines, in the social sciences and beyond, both for research (the focus of this book) and teaching purposes. After reviewing the disciplines that are involved, this chapter considers writing on case study research from each of them. This examination indicates the breadth and flexibility of case study as a research design and the ways in which it has been applied by and in different parts of the academy.

This analysis should allow the reader who is interested in one or more disciplinary areas to focus on them. How has case study been applied in those disciplines, and what research, literature and approaches can ...

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