Rediscovering and Confronting Critical Ambiguities in the Determination of Causality

Rediscovering and Confronting Critical Ambiguities in the Determination of Causality The demonstration of non-spuriousness is both critical in making causal statements and extremely difficult. Unfortunately this issue is often summarily dealt with in methodological treatments in which spuriousness is reduced to instances of “common cause”. It is argued here, among other things, that extraneous variables need not be prior to the independent nor necessarily causally related to either independent or dependent variable. This being so, spuriousness is a far more common theoretical problem than is often currently acknowledged, and we might do well today to listen again to the advice of an earlier generation of sociologists whose work on the topic deserves more careful attention than it appears to have received. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Rediscovering and Confronting Critical Ambiguities in the Determination of Causality

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1004355008392
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Abstract

The demonstration of non-spuriousness is both critical in making causal statements and extremely difficult. Unfortunately this issue is often summarily dealt with in methodological treatments in which spuriousness is reduced to instances of “common cause”. It is argued here, among other things, that extraneous variables need not be prior to the independent nor necessarily causally related to either independent or dependent variable. This being so, spuriousness is a far more common theoretical problem than is often currently acknowledged, and we might do well today to listen again to the advice of an earlier generation of sociologists whose work on the topic deserves more careful attention than it appears to have received.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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