Understanding Case Study Research
Small-scale Research with Meaning
- Malcolm Tight - Lancaster University, UK
Case Study & Narrative Analysis | Social Research Methods | Sociological Research Methods
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, author Malcolm 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
This very readable book impressively demonstrates, through its wealth of examples and the uses of case studies from a wide range of disciplines, the value of a case study research design. It deals with the core issues and considerations that research students will understand – in providing for case study as a small-scale research with meaning.
This comprehensive textbook goes beyond introduction without losing the reader. It is of great value for all early-career students and scholars who search for a reliable source on case study knowledge.
This is a very comprehensive and easy to read text that will be useful to the novice researcher. One of its main strengths lies in the inclusion of examples of case studies that effectively assists in placing the theory into context.
An in depth but easy to read text that will support undergraduates and postgraduates in their research studies to understand the extent of case studies.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Tight - Understanding Case Study Research - Chapter 2