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Author Ray, Subhasish, author

Title Does history play dice? : navigating quantitative historical legacies research / Subhasish Ray
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019
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SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary A rich tradition of quantitative research, cutting across the various social science disciplines, has examined historical legacies in contemporary economic and political development. In recent years, a new stream of research, including work done by this author, has sought to explore similar legacies in modern ethnic conflict. Although much research has accumulated under these different streams, there is little in the way of methodological work that has spoken to the pitfalls of doing this kind of research and how to navigate those pitfalls. In this case study, I discuss two core issues that I have faced in designing my own research on historical legacies in modern ethnic conflict. The first issue is the scarcity of data on variables of interest. The second issue, which is also related to data availability concerns, is the problem of having to work with small samples. I then discuss strategies that I used to get around these pitfalls. These involved making important conceptual adjustments at the data collection stage and drawing upon research in disciplines that routinely deal with small samples to identify relevant estimation strategies. The analysis is based on an original colonial legacies dataset covering 177 ethnic groups in 33 former British colonies that was collated by the author from various archival as well as secondary sources
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ethnic conflict -- Research
Legacies -- History
Quantitative research
Research -- Methodology
Quantitative research.
Research -- Methodology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526495961