Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation / Edition 3

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"First, I would adopt--not just consider--this book. The writing style is direct and easy to follow. The issues are treated in context, with good examples. The authors do a great job of presenting the material in a way that prevents students from asking "how is this relevant to what I do?" I do wish I had written this book myself."

-- Ronald Perry, Arizona State University

"The text's strengths, bottom line, are that it's casual and accessible, yet thorough and accurate. It is very up-to-date using good examples from very contemporary social science research."



-- Mark Edwards, Oregon State University

"The strength of this text is in its brevity. In a one semester course, it is impossible to cover all the topics in a comprehensive text in any depth. I would rather my students learn the fundamentals of doing research -- a few topics in depth. They can then build on this knowledge, if they need to, in order to learn new types of analysis. I also like the types and varieties of exercises included in the text."



--Ann Marie Kinnell, University of Southern Mississippi

 

Many students approach the subject of social science research methods with a sense of anxiety. It is a dreaded requirement or a means to an end. These students need a more comprehensible than comprehensive approach to research methods. They require a text that is fun to read as well as challenging; relevant to everyday experience as well as a necessary foundation for more advanced courses.

 Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation presents an engaging, accessible, and accurate introduction to social research. AuthorsDaniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt present the logic and essential techniques of research methods with a light, readable writing style and without skimping on critical concepts or recent developments. More than a brief derivative of Schutt's widely successful Investigating the Social World, this compelling volume focuses on validity as a unifying concept and supplies an integrated treatment of research ethics and research practices with innovative examples and exercises.

Designed for maximum impact and minimal frustration, this reader-friendly text includes

  • Substantive examples drawn from everyday experience and current social issues
  • A thorough treatment of qualitative methods
  • Stimulating, straightforward exercises and engaging prose retain student interest
  • A CD-ROM with key concepts, qualitative analysis software, data for SPSS analysis, and links to related Web sites
  • Companion study site on the Web at pineforge.com/mssw2 with interactive self-quizzes, electronic flash cards, Web-driven research activities and more to help students master the content while doing some Web-based research.

 Intended as a methods text for Sociology, Criminal Justice, Media Studies, Political Science, and Public Administration undergraduate students, Making Sense of the Social World is indispensable reading for anyone who needs a functional understanding of research methods.

 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Ronald Perry

"First, I would adopt—not just consider—this book. The writing style is direct and easy to follow. The issues are treated in context, with good examples. The authors do a great job of presenting the material in a way that prevents students from asking "how is this relevant to what I do?" I do wish I had written this book myself."

Mark Edwards

"The text’s strengths, bottom line, are that it’s casual and accessible, yet thorough and accurate. It is very up-to-date using good examples from very contemporary social science research."

Ann Marie Kinnell

"The strength of this text is in its brevity. In a one semester course, it is impossible to cover all the topics in a comprehensive text in any depth. I would rather my students learn the fundamentals of doing research – a few topics in depth. They can then build on this knowledge, if they need to, in order to learn new types of analysis. I also like the types and varieties of exercises included in the text."

Diane Pike
"It is a worthy contribution."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412969390
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel F. Chambliss, Ph D, is the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he has taught since 1981. He received his Ph D from Yale University in 1982; later that year, his thesis research received the American Sociological Association’s Medical Sociology Dissertation Prize. In 1988, he published the book Champions: The Making of Olympic Swimmers, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the U.S. Olympic Committee. In 1989, he received the American Sociology Association’s Theory Prize for work on organizational excellence based on his swimming research. Recipient of both Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, he published his second book, Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics, in 1996; for that work, he was awarded the ASA’s Elliot Freidson Prize in Medical Sociology. In 2014 he published How College Works, co-authored with his former student Christopher G. Takacs. His research and teaching interests include organizational analysis, higher education, social theory, and comparative research methods.

Russell K. Schutt (Ph D, 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, now in its Eighth Edition, and its co-authored adaptations for the disciplines of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (co-edited), and Organization in a Changing Environment. His 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. In addition to research methods and statistics, he teaches the sociology of complex organizations and the sociology of law.

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Table of Contents

1. Science, Society, and Social Research
2. The Process and Problems of Social Research
3. Conceptualization and Measurement
4. Sampling
5. Causation and Experimental Design
6. Survey Research
7.Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
8. Evaluation Research
9. Elementary Data Analysis
10. Reviewing, Proposing, and Reporting Research
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