A Typology for the Case Study in Social Science Following a Review of Definition, Discourse, and Structure

  title={A Typology for the Case Study in Social Science Following a Review of Definition, Discourse, and Structure},
  author={Gary Thomas},
  journal={Qualitative Inquiry},
  pages={511 - 521}
  • G. Thomas
  • Published 17 June 2011
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Inquiry
The author proposes a typology for the case study following a definition wherein various layers of classificatory principle are disaggregated. First, a clear distinction is drawn between two parts: (1) the subject of the study, which is the case itself, and (2) the object, which is the analytical frame or theory through which the subject is viewed and which the subject explicates. Beyond this distinction the case study is presented as classifiable by its purposes and the approaches adopted… 

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