Researching Social Life / Edition 3

Researching Social Life / Edition 3

by Nigel Gilbert
     
 

This core text covers the whole range of methods from quantitative to qualitative in a down-to-earth and unthreatening manner, including grounded theory and mixed methods. Packed with student-friendly features, it is a must-have textbook for students on social research methods courses in any discipline.See more details below

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This core text covers the whole range of methods from quantitative to qualitative in a down-to-earth and unthreatening manner, including grounded theory and mixed methods. Packed with student-friendly features, it is a must-have textbook for students on social research methods courses in any discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412946612
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/14/2008
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.13(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Gilbert read for a first degree in Engineering, intending to go into the computer industry. However, he was lured into sociology and obtained his doctorate on the sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Michael Mulkay. His research and teaching interests have reflected his continuing interest in both sociology and computer science (and engineering more widely).

His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.

He is also Director of the University's Institute of Advanced Studies and responsible for its development as a leading centre for intellectual interchange.

He is the author or editor of several textbooks on sociological methods of research and statistics and editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
1Social research and sociology1
2Research, theory and method18
3The research process32
IBeginnings
4Gaining access52
5Designing samples68
IIInto the field
6Questionnaires94
7Measuring attitudes116
8Qualitative Interviewing135
9Ethnography154
Exemplar A Becoming a carer172
10Using documents187
Exemplar B Building respectability201
IIIBack home
11Coding and managing data218
12Analysing survey data239
13Analysing other researchers' data255
Exemplar C No jam tomorrow: why women are disadvantaged in occupational pensions270
14Analysing accounts287
15Explicating face-to-face interaction306
IVEndings
16Writing about social research328
Bibliography345
Index357

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