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!

Selection, Context and Theory in Case Study


This chapter and the next one offer guidance on the issues you will need to consider in carrying out a case study. While this chapter focuses mainly on the issues you need to think about at the start, the next chapter focuses mainly on the issues you will face when actually carrying out the case study (there is, inevitably, some overlap).

This chapter starts by offering an overview of these issues, reviewing and adding to a number of the guides given by other authors. Your research question or questions are then discussed. Why are you doing this research, and what do you want to try to find out?

Sampling and selection issues are considered: which case or cases do ...

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