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Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods

About the Series

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.

Edited by:

Dvora Yanow, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, University of Utah, US


Books in the Series:

Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes

Peregrine Schwartz-Shea and Dvora Yanow

Interpreting International Politics

Cecelia Lynch

Analyzing Social Narratives

Shaul R. Shenhav

Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide

Frederic Charles Schaffer

Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach

Lee Ann Fujii

Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power

Timothy Pachirat


International Advisory Board

Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley

April Biccum, Australian National University

Pamela Brandwein, University of Michigan

Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College

Nick Cheesman, Australian National University

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 and University College London

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, Ahmedabad

Julie Novkov, State University of New York at Albany

Ido Oren, University of Florida

Ellen Pader, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (emerita)

Frederic C. Schaffer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Edward Schatz, University of Toronto

Ronald Schmidt, Sr., California State University, Long Beach (emeritus)

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

Cai Wilkinson, Deakin University

6 Series Titles

Per Page

Among Wolves Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power

Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power

1st Edition

By Timothy Pachirat
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 ...

Interviewing in Social Science Research A Relational Approach

Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach

1st Edition

By 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? ...

Elucidating Social Science Concepts An Interpretivist Guide

Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide

1st Edition

By 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...

Analyzing Social Narratives

Analyzing Social Narratives

1st Edition

By Shaul 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 ...

Interpreting International Politics

Interpreting International Politics

1st Edition

By Cecelia Lynch
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 ...

Interpretive Research Design Concepts and Processes

Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes

1st Edition

By 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 ...

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