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Religion and Welfare in EuropeGendered and Minority Perspectives$
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Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318972

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318972.001.0001

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Using case studies in religion, values and welfare research

Using case studies in religion, values and welfare research

(p.37) Three Using case studies in religion, values and welfare research
Religion and Welfare in Europe

Olav Helge Angell

Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Policy Press

This chapter examines the model of research characterised as a mixed-methods approach deploying interviews, observation, surveys and document analysis, but with an emphasis on qualitative interviews. The case study method involves studying a case as a whole, explaining the phenomena under study not only through internal structures, interactions, and processes, but also through the impact of external factors and contexts. This is particularly useful in the study of religion and values in the context of welfare needs and the provision of welfare benefits. It is at this fundamental level that different forms of diversity, religion, cultures and values may be studied. In this respect, despite its shortcomings, the case study research strategy is well suited for studying such interconnected and complex social phenomena. The chapter then evaluates the implications of this type of work for policy debates and for a variety of end users.

Keywords:   mixed-methods approach, qualitative interviews, case study method, religion, welfare, diversity, cultures, policy debates

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