Researching Social Life / Edition 2

Researching Social Life / Edition 2

by Nigel Gilbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761972455

ISBN-13: 9780761972457

Pub. Date: 03/29/2002

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Reviews of the First Edition

'... an ideal primary text for an undergraduate course in social research methods' - Teaching Sociology

'This is a very impressive book. It is admirably written in clear, straightforward language, so that I can easily imagine undergraduates responding well to its use as a core text.' - Geoff Payne,

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Reviews of the First Edition

'... an ideal primary text for an undergraduate course in social research methods' - Teaching Sociology

'This is a very impressive book. It is admirably written in clear, straightforward language, so that I can easily imagine undergraduates responding well to its use as a core text.' - Geoff Payne, Professor of Social Research, University of Plymouth

'Provides an excellent introductory methods text that covers every stage of quantitative and qualitative research.' - Journal of Social Policy

'an ideal text for undergraduates in a variety of disciplines who are taking research methods courses' - Health Promotion International

The Second Edition of this widely adopted textbook for undergraduate research methods courses has been fully revised and updated to include an even broader range of methods.

Key features of this outstanding text are that it:

· outlines the main ways in which social scientists gather data, reviewing each method's strengths and weaknesses

· shows how data may be collated, managed and analysed

· demonstrates the necessary links between sociological theory and data

· provides stimulating annotated examples of social research using a variety of methods

· offers signposts to more advanced texts which discuss specific methods in more detail.

The Second Edition of Researching Social Life considers a comprehensive range of research methods including those that are emerging as a result of the adoption of new technologies and media, such as the use of the Internet, the analysis of multimedia and especially visual materials, and the secondary analysis of longitudinal datasets. As with the first edition, the text aims to help break down the artificial distinction between so-called 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' research.

This is an ideal textbook for undergraduate courses in social research methods across the social sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761972457
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/29/2002
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Conceptualizing Social Life - Geoff Cooper
Research, Theory and Method - Nigel Gilbert
Research and the Policy-Making Process - Alan Clarke
PART ONE: BEGINNINGS
The Ethics of Social Research - Martin Bulmer
Designing Samples - Sara Arber
PART TWO: INTO THE FIELD
Questionnaires - Rosemarie Simmons
Measuring Attitudes - Mike Procter
Qualitative Interviewing - Nigel Fielding and Hilary Thomas
Ethnography - Nigel Fielding
Focus Groups - Ann Cronin
Exemplar - Kate Burningham and Diana Thrush
The Environmental Concerns of Disadvantaged Groups
Using Documents - Keith Macdonald
Exemplar - Martin Innes
Investigating the Investigators - Studying Detective Work
PART THREE: BACK HOME
Coding and Managing Data - Jane Fielding
Analyzing Survey Data - Mike Procter
Secondary Analysis of Survey Data - Sara Arber
Exemplar - Jay Ginn
Privatizing Pensions: New Options and New Risks for Women
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis - Ann Lewins
Analyzing Factual Accounts - Robin Wooffitt
Analyzing Visual Materials - Victoria D Alexander
PART FOUR: ENDINGS
Writing about Social Research - Nigel Gilbert

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