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Author Franzosi, Roberto.

Title From words to numbers : narrative, data, and social science / Roberto Franzosi
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004


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Description xxii, 476 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series Structural analysis in the social sciences ; 22
Structural analysis in the social sciences ; 22
Summary "This book illustrates a set of tools - story grammars, relational data models, and network models - that can be profitably used for the collection, organization, and analysis of narrative data in sociohistorical research. A story grammar, or subject-action-object and their modifiers, is the linguistic tool the author uses to structure narrative for the purpose of collecting data on protest events. Relational database models make such complex data collection schemes practically feasible in a computer environment. Finally, network models are a statistical tool best suited to analyze this type of data. Driven by the metaphors of the journal ( and the alchemy (words into numbers), the book leads the reader through a number of paths, from substantive to methodological issues, across time and disciplines: sociology, linguistics, literary criticism, history, statistics, computer science, philosophy, cognitive psychology, and political science
The book mitigates its quest for rigor in the social sciences with a subtle irony for that quest."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [399]-443) and index
Subject Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology.
Content analysis (Communication)
Discourse analysis, Narrative.
LC no. 2003051548
ISBN 0521815207 :
052154145X paperback
0521815207 hardback
052154145X paperback