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2 - Interpretation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2019

John Boswell
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
Jack Corbett
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
R. A. W. Rhodes
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
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We outline briefly the difference between naturalism and humanism before providing a summary of our key concepts of decentring, situated agency and plausible conjectures. In effect, we set the theoretical scene for the rest of the book and the underpinnings for comparative analysis based on dilemmas. We challenge the naturalist mantra of ‘different tools, shared standards’ and provide an alternative account of what constitutes valuable and rigorous interpretive research. We set out a new set of criteria by which interpretive comparative work should be assessed and towards which interpretive comparative researchers ought to strive. We focus on accuracy, openness and aesthetics. We show that not anything goes in comparative interpretive research.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • Interpretation
  • John Boswell, University of Southampton, Jack Corbett, University of Southampton, R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Art and Craft of Comparison
  • Online publication: 10 October 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108561563.002
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  • Interpretation
  • John Boswell, University of Southampton, Jack Corbett, University of Southampton, R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Art and Craft of Comparison
  • Online publication: 10 October 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108561563.002
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  • Interpretation
  • John Boswell, University of Southampton, Jack Corbett, University of Southampton, R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Art and Craft of Comparison
  • Online publication: 10 October 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108561563.002
Available formats
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