Researching Social Life

Researching Social Life

by Nigel Gilbert, Petra Ahrweiler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803986823

ISBN-13: 9780803986824

Pub. Date: 02/05/1993

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The Third Edition of Nigel Gilbert's hugely successful Researching Social Life covers the whole range of methods from quantitative to qualitative in a down-to-earth and unthreatening manner.

Internationally-renowned experts in the field have thoroughly expanded and updated this edition with new chapters and additional material on: mixed methods,

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The Third Edition of Nigel Gilbert's hugely successful Researching Social Life covers the whole range of methods from quantitative to qualitative in a down-to-earth and unthreatening manner.

Internationally-renowned experts in the field have thoroughly expanded and updated this edition with new chapters and additional material on: mixed methods, participative action research, virtual methods, grounded theory, narrative analysis, searching for and reviewing literature, and refining the research question.

Worked examples, case studies, discussion questions, project ideas and checklists are included throughout the book to help those new to research to engage with the material.

Researching Social Life follows the 'life cycle' of a typical research project, from initial conception through to eventual publication. Its breadth and depth of coverage make this an indispensable companion for students on social research methods courses in any discipline.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803986824
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/05/1993
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

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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