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Studying Rare Events Through Qualitative Case Studies

Studying Rare Events Through Qualitative Case Studies This article considers five methodological challenges in studying rare events such as school shootings. Drawing on the literature on causal analysis in macro-historical and other small-N research, it outlines strategies for studying school shootings using qualitative case studies and illustrates these strategies using data from case studies of two rampage school shootings: Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, and Westside Middle School outside Jonesboro, Arkansas. Strengths and limitations are discussed as well as lessons for studying rare events. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociological Methods & Research SAGE

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SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0049-1241
eISSN
1552-8294
DOI
10.1177/0049124102031002003
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Abstract

This article considers five methodological challenges in studying rare events such as school shootings. Drawing on the literature on causal analysis in macro-historical and other small-N research, it outlines strategies for studying school shootings using qualitative case studies and illustrates these strategies using data from case studies of two rampage school shootings: Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, and Westside Middle School outside Jonesboro, Arkansas. Strengths and limitations are discussed as well as lessons for studying rare events.

Journal

Sociological Methods & ResearchSAGE

Published: Nov 1, 2002

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