The Foundations of Social Research: Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process / Edition 1

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Overview

Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today. . Company Management Careers Community Press Room Conferences Site Map Corwin Send mail to: webmaster@sagepub.com with questions or comments about this Web site. | Privacy Policy Copyright c 2000 - 2012 SAGE Publications Product Type All Books (1) Textbooks (1) Subject Areas All Research Methods & Evaluation (1) Sociology (1) Available as All Review Copy (1) Status All Published (1) Published by All SAGE UK (1)

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Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761961062
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 86,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Crotty is in the Department of Public Health at The Flinders University of South Australia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Positivism
The March of Science
Constructionism
The Making of Meaning
Interpretivism
For and against Culture
Interpretivism
The Way of Hermeneutics
Critical Inquiry
The Marxist Heritage
Critical Inquiry
Contemporary Critics and Contemporary Critique
Feminism
Re-Visioning the Man-Made World
Postmodernism
Crisis of Confidence or Moment of Truth?
Conclusion
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