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De quoi un cas est-il le cas ? Penser les cas limites

Abstract : "Though ethnographic methods seem to have gain credit and legitimacy these past decades in France, whether or not this method can produce theoretical results that are relevant beyond the case studied is still quite debated. By retracing the various steps of a fieldwork research conducted on voluntary associations of young migrants, this article makes two epistemological points. In keeping with Ragin's analysis on casing, it demonstrates that producing a theory based on a case study is necessarily an iterative process and that one only finds out what his case is a case of once the research is over. More specifically, it focuses on limit cases, and offers to conceptualize two forms of such cases, depending on how they are used to produce theory : negative cases are used to test the robustness and the degree of expansion of an existing theory ; limit cases are used to test an existing theory in order to refine it, specify its conditions of validity and reconstruct it."
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Camille Hamidi. De quoi un cas est-il le cas ? Penser les cas limites. Politix, De Boeck Supérieur, 2012, pp.85-98. ⟨10.3917/pox.100.0085⟩. ⟨halshs-00833551⟩



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