Methodological Approach To Case Study

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Methodology is the link between philosophy, data, and theory informing the research, as well as the practice of conducting that research. Any discussion of a complexity-informed methodology should establish a clear link between the epistemological positioning of complexity frame, complexity theoretical perspective and data informing the work. The aim of this paper is to show how complexity perspective enables the researcher to interact with some methodological challenges in translation research in relation to case study approach, and thus provide practical research orientation to others who dare step on the path of complexity thinking. When there are examples, they do not come from empirical research and are usually only illustrative, to indicate how I interpret a concept, to show that something is at least possible, or to make a point.
We have chosen to focus on the case study method because of its popularity among the disciplines that traditionally informed context-oriented research in translation studies (cultural studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology), as well as because of its flexibility in terms of drawing on a wide range of sources of data. The discussion of complexity thinking and case study in this paper will focus on causality, boundary setting and researcher
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A complexity thinking approach to case study will therefore be distinct from, for instance, an ethnographic approach, despite some similarities in methodology. It has been argued, that because complex systems are unique in their nature (in terms of their embodied history and relationship with other systems), any knowledge about such systems must be contextual (Byrne, 2005). Thus, I could suggest that a form of case study methodology is an appropriate choice for complexity-based translation

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