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The Extended Case Method: Four Countries, Four Decades, Four Great Transformations, and One Theoretical Tradition

Michael Burawoy


This book develops the extended case method by connecting personal experiences among workers of the world to the great transformations of the twentieth century—the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites, the reconstruction of U.S. capitalism, and the African transition to post-colonialism in Zambia. The author's odyssey began in 1968 in the Zambian copper mines and proceeded to Chicago's South Side, where he worked as a machine operator and enjoyed a unique perspective on the stability of advanced capitalism. In the 1980s, this perspective was deepened by contrast with his work i ... More

Keywords: extended case methodology, Soviet Union, capitalism, Zambian copper mines, Hungary, socialism, working class, Soviet economy, epochal change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520259003
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520259003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Burawoy, author

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