Comparative Analysis In Social Science

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Comparative research, according to Mills, “refers to the evaluation of the similarities, differences, and associations between entities. Entities may be based on many lines such as statements from an interview or individual, symbols, case studies, social groups, geographical or political configurations, and cross-national comparisons” [2013, 3]. This definition suggests that the aim of this kind of research is to give an outline of the entities’ similarities while also identifying the “unique aspects” of the compared units of analyses. Social science researchers use comparative analysis as a method to their studies [Lor 2011, 2]. While Lor [2011] recognizes comparative method as a methodology, he also stated that other social scientists refer to it as a subfield. In fact, he identified comparative social science areas such as comparative education, comparative ethics, comparative history, comparative politics and comparative social policy [Lor 2011, 1]. But in any ways, Lor emphasized the significance of this methodology or subfield in advancing the discussions in many important social science issues [2011]. Some of the commonly used comparative techniques were discussed by Melinda Mills [2013]. She identified Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss’ “constant comparative analysis” which is supported by the sociological theory of symbolic interactionism…show more content…
The British deliver their products faster than the Italians but the secret to the latter’s success is that they produce a quality product to the lowest production cost possible. The Italians focused on the technologies that they used to make sure that they produce efficiently at the lowest cost. In addition to this, Italians suggests that for the industry to become profitable, it must also invest in promoting its products [Owen 2003,
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