Mindful Inquiry in Social Research

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This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761904083
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Research
The New Context and a New Approach
From Positivism to Postmodernity
The Mindful Inquirer as a Philosopher
Mindful Inquiry as the Basis for Scholarly Practice
Fundamentals of Mindful Inquiry
The Scholarly Practitioner
Facing the Loss of Identity through the Onslaught of the Information Age
The Cultures of Inquiry and Research Traditions
Phenomenological Inquiry
Hermeneutic Inquiry and Ethnography
Quantitative and Behavioral Science, Action Research and Evaluation Research
Comparative-Historical Inquiry and Theoretical Inquiry
Critical Social Science and Critical Social Theory
Conclusion and Magic Formulae

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