Conceptual 'Stretching' Revisited: Adapting Categories in Comparative Analysis

@inproceedings{Collier1993ConceptualR,
  title={Conceptual 'Stretching' Revisited: Adapting Categories in Comparative Analysis},
  author={D. Collier and J. Mahon},
  year={1993}
}
  • D. Collier, J. Mahon
  • Published 1993
  • Sociology
  • When scholars extend their models and hypotheses to encompass additional cases, they commonly need to adapt their analytic categories to fit the new contexts. Giovanni Sartori's work on conceptual "traveling" and conceptual "stretching" provides helpful guidance in addressing this fundamental task of comparative analysis. Yet Sartori's framework draws upon what may be called classical categorization, which views the relation among categories in terms of a taxonomic hierarchy, with each category… CONTINUE READING
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