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    Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research.Iddo Tavory & Stefan Timmermans - 2014 - University of Chicago Press.
    In _Abductive Analysis_, Iddo Tavory and Stefan Timmermans provide a new navigational map for constructing empirically based generalizations in qualitative research. They outline an accessible way to think about observations, methods, and theories that nurtures theory-formation without locking it into predefined conceptual boxes. The authors view research as continually moving back and forth between a set of observations and theoretical generalizations. To craft theory is to then pitch one’s observations in relation to other potential cases, both within and without one’s (...)
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  2. Theory Construction in Qualitative Research.Stefan Timmermans & Iddo Tavory - 2012 - Sociological Theory 30 (3):167-186.
    A critical pathway for conceptual innovation in the social is the construction of theoretical ideas based on empirical data. Grounded theory has become a leading approach promising the construction of novel theories. Yet grounded theory-based theoretical innovation has been scarce in part because of its commitment to let theories emerge inductively rather than imposing analytic frameworks a priori. We note, along with a long philosophical tradition, that induction does not logically lead to novel theoretical insights. Drawing from the theory of (...)
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    Racist Encounters: A Pragmatist Semiotic Analysis of Interaction.Stefan Timmermans & Iddo Tavory - 2020 - Sociological Theory 38 (4):295-317.
    Complementing discourse-analytic approaches, we develop C. S. Peirce’s semiotic theory to analyze how racism is enacted and countered in everyday interactions. We examine how the semiotic structure of racist encounters depends on acts of signification that can be deflected and that take shape in the ways actors negotiate interactions in situ. After outlining the semiotic apparatus Peirce pioneered, we trace the dynamic processes of generalization and specification in recorded racist encounters as specific forms of semiotic upshifting and downshifting. We demonstrate (...)
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    Families’ Experiences with Newborn Screening: A Critical Source of Evidence.Rachel Grob, Scott Roberts & Stefan Timmermans - 2018 - Hastings Center Report 48 (S2):S29-S31.
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  5. From Autonomy to Accountability: The Role of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Professional Power.Stefan Timmermans - 2005 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 48 (4):490-501.
  6. Closed-Chest Cardiac Massage: The Emergence of a Discovery Trajectory.Stefan Timmermans - 1999 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 24 (2):213-240.
    This article applies a theoretical framework developed by the late American sociologist Anselm Strauss to the discovery of a new resuscitation technique, closed-chest cardiac massage. The discovery, which took place in the laboratories of Johns Hopkins University between 1956 and 1960, is analyzed as the collective management of a trajectory over time. The article follows the discovery trajectory from its origins in defibrillator research to the establishment of closed-chest cardiac massage and cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a universal life-saving method. The analytical (...)
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  7. The Joy of Science: Finding Success in a ‘‘Failed’’ Randomized Clinical Trial.Stefan Timmermans - 2011 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 36 (4):549-572.
    Sociologists of science have argued that due to the institutional reward system negative research results, such as failed experiments, may harm scientific careers. We know little, however, of how scientists themselves make sense of negative research findings. Drawing from the sociology of work, the author discusses how researchers involved in a double-blind, placebo, controlled randomized clinical trial for methamphetamine dependency informally and formally interpret the emerging research results. Because the drug tested in the trial was not an effective treatment, the (...)
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    Resuscitating to Save Life or Save Death?Stefan Timmermans - 2017 - American Journal of Bioethics 17 (2):55-57.
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    Who Are the Experts on Expertise?Stefan Timmermans - 2006 - Metascience 15 (1):123-126.
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