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Overview

"In this new Sixth Edition of his perennially successful social research text, author Russell K. Schutt continues to make research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter and hands-on exercises that help students learn by doing. Investigating the Social World, Sixth Edition helps readers understand research methods as an integrated whole; appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies; and understand the need to make ethical research decisions, while also learning about contemporary social issues like homelessness, drug abuse, and the effect of the Internet on social relations." The Sixth Edition features a new streamlined introduction to research; new and updated social research examples and end-of-chapter exercises; new coverage of qualitative techniques such as narrative analysis, conversation analysis and visual methods; a greater focus on racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity; and expanded coverage of ethical issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412969406
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 728
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell K. Schutt (PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University) is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and its numerous co-authored adaptations for other disciplines, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press) and Organization in a Changing Environment (SUNY Press). Dr. Schutt’s scholarship focuses on the bidirectional relationship between individuals and their social environment; its consequences for organizational change, cognitive functioning, and individual behavior; and its predictors in individual orientations and community contexts. His related articles have been published in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation to the Journal of Community Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Women and Health, Evaluation & Program Planning, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. His major research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state and local sources.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Science, Society, and Social Research 1

Ch. 2 The Process and Problems of Social Research 27

Ch. 3 Research Ethics and Philosophies 67

Ch. 4 Conceptualization and Measurement 100

Ch. 5 Sampling 148

Ch. 6 Research Design and Causation 190

Ch. 7 Experiments 221

Ch. 8 Survey Research 255

Ch. 9 Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening 313

Ch. 10 Qualitative Data Analysis 357

Ch. 11 Evaluation and Policy Research 394

Ch. 12 Historical and Comparative Research 425

Ch. 13 Secondary Data Analysis and ContentAnalysis 453

Ch. 14 Quantitative Data Analysis 486

Ch. 15 Summarizing and Reporting Research 540

App. A Summaries of Frequently Cited Research Articles

App. B Questions to Ask About a Research Article

App. C How to Read a Research Article

App. D Finding Information

App. E Table of Random Numbers

Bibliography

Credits

Glossary/Index

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