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Social research : issues, methods and process, Tim May

Social research : issues, methods and process
Social research
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issues, methods and process
Statement of responsibility
Tim May
This revised and expanded edition of a bestselling text incorporates the latest developments in social research. Additions to each chapter do further justice to ideas on the research process in general and aspects of its practice in particular. Chapter summaries, questions for reflection and signposts to further reading are incorporated into a new textbook format. The aim of the book, however, remains the same: to bridge the gap between theory and methods in social research, each of which is essential to understanding the dynamics of social relations. The style remains clear and accessible and the basic structure, similar. This book will have wide appeals as an introduction for undergraduates studying the methods and techniques of social science, as well as for postgraduate courses in research methods. In addition, it will enable those practising and teaching social research to stay abreast of key developments in the field
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.M325 1997
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non fiction
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Social research : issues, methods and process, Tim May
Formerly CIP.
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • Machine generated contents note: pt. I An overview -- pt. II An overview -- pt. III An overview -- pt. I ISSUES IN SOCIAL RESEARCH -- 1.Perspectives on social scientific research -- The world and experience -- The objective world -- The experienced world -- Bridge-building -- Knowledge and difference -- Exclusions -- Inclusions -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 2.Social theory and social research -- The interactions of social theory and social research -- Linking issues -- Making the links -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 3.Values and ethics in the research process -- Values and social research -- What are value judgements? -- Values in the research process -- Connecting values and research -- Ethics and social research -- What is ethics? -- Relations between ethics and social research -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- pt. II METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH -- 4.Official statistics: topic and resource -- Sources -- Issues in construction --
  • Contents note continued: Official statistics: the debates -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 5.Social surveys: design to analysis - with Carole Sutton -- Types of surveys -- The logic of survey method -- Survey research design -- Sampling -- Survey construction -- Preliminary work -- Types of questionnaires -- Designing and testing questions -- Types of questions -- Attitude scales -- Question wording -- Categories and coding -- Managing coding processes: coding frames and codebooks -- Methodological innovation, technology and the internet in survey research -- Development -- Sampling and internet surveys -- Questionnaire analysis -- Levels of measurement -- Data analysis strategies -- Surveys in critical perspective -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 6.Interviewing: methods and process -- Interviews in social research -- Structured interview -- Semi-structured interview -- Unstructured or focused interview -- Group interview and focus group --
  • Contents note continued: Conducting interviews in social research -- Prescriptions for interviewing practice -- The practice of focused interviews -- Interviews: encounters in understanding -- The analysis of interviews -- Issues in interviewing -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 7.Participant observation: perspectives and practice -- Participant observation and social research -- The Chicago School and participant observation -- Reflexive waters -- The practice of participant observation -- The researcher's role -- Access -- Utilizing flexibility -- Field notes -- Subjective adequacy -- The analysis of observations -- Writing ethnography -- Issues in participant observation -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 8.Documentary research: excavations and evidence -- The place of documents in social research -- Sources of documentary research -- The process of documentary research -- Using documents -- Approaching a document -- The analysis of documents --
  • Contents note continued: Quantitative and qualitative approaches -- A note on presenting findings -- Issues in documentary research -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 9.Case study research - with Beth Perry -- The place of the case study in social research -- Critique, defence and appropriation -- Description, narrative and bridge-building -- The process of case studies -- To case or not to case? -- Case study design and methods -- Analysis of case studies -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- 10.Comparative research: potential and problems - with Beth Perry -- Globalization, cosmopolitanism and comparative research -- The place of comparison in social research -- Processes of comparative research -- Issues in comparative research -- Summary -- Suggested further reading -- pt. III RESEARCH IN PRACTICE -- 11.Reflections on research in practice -- The ebbs and flows of social research -- Research, knowledge and consequence --
  • Contents note continued: The labour of social research: potential, limits and modesty
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24 cm
4th ed
xv, 332 p.
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  • (OCoLC)698332821
  • sr34793860

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