New Approaches In Social Research

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Overview

This groundbreaking book explores the implications of postmodernist ideas within the research context. The text relates debates in postmodernism directly to current thinking and practice in both qualitative and quantitative research. The engaging book is split into two parts:

Part One offers a critical discussion of recent philosophical debates and emerging trends within the field of postmodernism, while Part Two breaks down the research process into its constituent parts and reflects on the changing aspects of postmodern thought and their implications for the researcher.

This timely and thought-provoking textbook will engage directly with the relationship between postmodern theory within a research context. The book's practical approach is strengthened by the inclusion of student friendly features, including a glossary and a number of illustrative examples and case studies. Its interdisciplinary approach means it will be invaluable reading for postgraduate students and researchers across the social sciences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761949329
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Series: Introducing Qualitative Methods series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Dr. Carol Grbich, is a Medical Sociologist and Professor in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia. Her previous appointments were in the School of Behavioural Health Sciences at La Trobe University and in the School of Education at Monash University. She is the foundation editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and is an experienced researcher being the author of Health in Australia: Sociological concepts and issues now in its 3rd edition and a standard text in 19 Australian Universities. She has written three books on qualitative research: Qualitative Research in Health: An introduction (Allen and Unwin and Sage International, 1999); New Approaches in Social Research (London Sage publications, 2004) and Qualitative Data Analysis. (London: Sage 2007).as well as Paramedics in Australia: Contemporary challenges of practice. Australia: Pearson Press, 2008).

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: PHILOSOPHICAL CHANGES
Modernity to Modernism
Postmodernity and Postmodernism
Structuralism and Poststructuralism
PART TWO: THE IMPACT OF POSTMODERNISM, POSTSTRUCTURALISM, COMPLEXITY AND CHAOS ON SOCIAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Research Design
The Position of the Researcher
The Researcher, the Research Participants and the Reader
Data Presentation and Re-presentation
A Postmodern Piece of Research
Continuums and Continuities

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