Praise for the Series
"All of the books in the series are a credit to the series editors -- it's really quite a remarkable body of work being built up, with a coherence and relevance and quality of scholarship rarely found so consistently across a series of this sort. I can't talk it up enough. Congratulations."
Nick Cheesman, Australian National University
The Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods comprises a collection of slim volumes, each devoted to different issues in interpretive methodology and its associated methods. The topics covered establish the methodological grounding for interpretive approaches in ways that distinguish interpretive methods from quantitative and qualitative methods in the positivist tradition. The series as a whole engages three types of concerns: 1) methodological issues, looking at key concepts and processes; 2) approaches and methods, looking at how interpretive methodologies are manifested in different forms of research; and 3) disciplinary and subfield areas, demonstrating how interpretive methods figure in different fields across the social sciences.
International Advisory Board
Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley
Pamela Brandwein, University of Michigan
Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College
Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Douglas C. Dow, University of Texas, Dallas
Vincent Dubois, University of Strasbourg
Raymond Duvall, University of Minnesota
Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine
Lene Hansen, University of Copenhagen
Victoria Hattam, The New School
Emily Hauptmann, Western Michigan University
Markus Haverland, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
David Howarth, University of Essex
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University
Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Whitman College
Bernhard Kittel, University of Vienna
Jan Kubik, Rutgers University
Beate Littig, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
Joseph Lowndes, University of Oregon
Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Tech
Cecelia Lynch, University of California, Irvine
Navdeep Mathur, India Institute of Management
Julie Novkov, State University of New York at Albany
Ido Oren, University of Florida
Ellen Pader, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Frederic C. Schaffer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Edward Schatz, University of Toronto
Ronald Schmidt, Sr., California State University, Long Beach (emeritus) and Davidson College
James C. Scott, Yale University
Samer Shehata, University of Oklahoma
Diane Singerman, American University
Joe Soss, University of Minnesota
Camilla Stivers, Cleveland State University (emerita)
John Van Maanen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago
Jutta Weldes, Bristol University
Analyzing Social Narratives
Interpreting International Politics
November 17, 2017
Summoned by an anonymous Prosecutor, ten contemporary ethnographers gather in an aging barn to hold a trial of Alice Goffman’s controversial ethnography, On the Run. But before the trial can get underway, a one-eyed wolfdog arrives with a mysterious liquid potion capable of rendering the...
Lee Ann Fujii
July 27, 2017
What is interviewing and when is this method useful? What does it mean to select rather than sample interviewees? Once the researcher has found people to interview, how does she build a working relationship with her interviewees? What should the dynamics of talking and listening in interviews be?...
Frederic Charles Schaffer
August 06, 2015
Concepts have always been foundational to the social science enterprise. This book is a guide to working with them. Against the positivist project of concept "reconstruction"—the formulation of a technical, purportedly neutral vocabulary for measuring, comparing, and generalizing—Schaffer adopts an...
Shaul R. Shenhav
May 05, 2015
Interpreting human stories, whether those told by individuals, groups, organizations, nations, or even civilizations, opens a wide scope of research options for understanding how people construct, shape, and reshape their perceptions, identities, and beliefs. Such narrative research is a rapidly...
December 18, 2013
Interpreting International Politics addresses each of the major, "traditional" subfields in International Relations: International Law and Organization, International Security, and International Political Economy. But how are interpretivist methods and concerns brought to bear on these topics? In...
Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, Dvora Yanow
December 13, 2011
Research design is fundamental to all scientific endeavors, at all levels and in all institutional settings. In many social science disciplines, however, scholars working in an interpretive-qualitative tradition get little guidance on this aspect of research from the positivist-centered training...