A History of Sociological Research Methods in America, 1920-1960

A History of Sociological Research Methods in America, 1920-1960

by Jennifer Platt
     
 

This is the first book on the general history of US sociological research methods. It provides systematic archival, documentary and interview data which question conventional views, showing that the extensive work done on sociological theory gives only a partial picture of the history of sociology. Research practice is affected by many other factors. This detailed… See more details below

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This is the first book on the general history of US sociological research methods. It provides systematic archival, documentary and interview data which question conventional views, showing that the extensive work done on sociological theory gives only a partial picture of the history of sociology. Research practice is affected by many other factors. This detailed study develops our understanding both of the history of social thought, and the settings in which social research is produced, raising wider issues of method in the history of ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521646499
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #40
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Writing on method11
3Scientism67
4Theory and practice106
5Funding and research methods142
6Social structures of academic life200
7Reputation, exemplars and origin myths240
8Conclusion271
Appendix: Interviews276
References282
Index316

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