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Ronald L. Breiger

In: The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods

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13. On the Duality of Cases and Variables: Correspondence Analysis (CA) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
13. On the duality of cases and variables: Correspondence analysis (CA) and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA)
Ronald L.Breiger

One of the most innovative, most highly developed, and most widely influential strategies for moving beyond the well-worn dichotomy of ‘qualitative’ versus ‘quantitative’ approaches to comparative social research is the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) approach of Charles Ragin (e.g., Ragin, 1987, 2000, in press). In this chapter, I build on one of the foundations of QCA: the duality of cases and variables. By ‘duality’ I mean co-constitution, as in Breiger (1974, 2000) and Breiger and Mohr (2004). Within QCA, cases are productively understood as configurations of variables, that is, ‘as combinations of aspects ...

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