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intensive research

  Research strategies which are concerned to reconstruct the causal chains that connect social structures, social practices and individual agents in particular contexts. Sayer (1992) claims that intensive research typically involves qualitative methods, including ethnography, and argues that these strategies are particularly appropriate for research conducted under the sign of realism. This does not mean that they are \'subjective\' or parochial; Sayer makes a detailed comparison with extensive research (see the figure) and emphasizes that intensive studies can be every bit as \'objective\' as extensive studies and that they may well produce \'abstract knowledge [that is] more generally applicable\'. (DG)

Reference and Suggested Reading Sayer, A. 1992: Method in social science: a realist approach, 2nd edn. London: Routledge, 241-51.



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