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 purpose of this final chapter is to briefly gather together the discussion in the book, and to offer some speculations regarding how case study might develop as a research design in the future. The chapter, therefore, contains two main sections.

In the first of these sections, a synthesis is provided of the arguments that have been presented in the book. In the second main section, we then look forward and consider the directions in which case study might be headed.

The Contemporary State of Case Study

This book has discussed:

  • the nature of case study
  • the debates that continue about it
  • its value as a research design
  • its varied use in a wide range of different disciplines
  • its application in combination with other research designs
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