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Social Research provides a wide-ranging and critical introduction to the principles of social and educational research.

Social research takes many forms and is carried out under a wide variety of conditions. It is characterized not only by a diversity of methods, but also by differing views about goals. This book draws together a key set of readings which addresses the major issues around values and practice in social research. Topics explored include: the relationship between quantitative and qualitative methods; positivism, and the role of the natural sciences as a model for social research; the purposes of research - knowledge of the social world, or its transformation?; issues of race, gender and power in social research; the politics and ethics of data collection; the validity and relevance of social research.

Offering a broadly based assessment of current concerns, the book will be of value to all students of social research methods, and to those undertaking social research in the social sciences, education, nursing and related fields.

Social Research is a set book for The Open University course DEH313 Principles of Social and Educational Research.

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Editorial Reviews

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'An important guide to current issues and debates in social research. Martyn Hammersley has assembled a useful range of source material for the beginning student' - Robert Burgess, University of Warwick

'All the readings are clear and incisive and have been well chosen as exemplars of a particular tradition or type of critique. Since they can be studied individually as well as collectively, this book will be invaluable for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate methods courses' - Journal of Social Policy

'Between them, the papers included in this book cover an impressive range of issues central to social research. The editor has succeeded in pulling together papers from a wide range of sources... and making them available in an easily-accessible form. The book could serve as a useful introduction to the field for undergraduate students, or as eye-opening background reading for research practitioners who have not had formal training in the philosophy of social investigation.' - ESRC Data Archive Bulletin

'The book accomplishes its purpose of illuminating the 'profound differences in approach' and should help the users of social research as well as practitioners.' - Educational Research

Presents diverse views, in both classic statements and more recent contributions, that touch on many current methodological debates about social research. The chapters are divided among the headings of philosophy, politics, and practice. The first part begins with an introductory outline of positivist philosophy by Leszek Kolakowski. Rodolfo Stavenhagen opens the section on the politics of research with a radical assessment of the theoretical assumptions he believes to be implicit in much applied social research, especially in the field of development studies in the Third World. The section on practice begins with Catherine Hakim's detailed discussion of the uses that can be made of administrative records for social research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: Reading Ethnographic Research (Longman 1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (Routledge 1992); The Politics of Social Research (Sage 1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paul Chapman, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (Sage 2008), Methodology, Who Needs It? (Sage, 2011), and What is Qualitative Research? (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2013)

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Table of Contents

An Overall View of Positivism - Leszek Kolakowski
Two Traditions - G H von Wright
Qualitative Research and Psychological Theorizing - Karen L Henwood and Nick F Pidgeon
The Elements of Critical Social Science - Brian Fay
Traditions in Documentary Analysis - Victor Jupp and Clive Norris
Decolonializing Applied Social Sciences - Rodolfo Stavenhagen
Towards a Methodology for Feminist Research - Maria Mies
Intervention in New Social Movements - Elim Papadakis
A Political Classification of Evaluation Studies in Education - Barry Mac Donald
The Value of Quantitative Methodology for Feminist Research - Toby Epstein Jayaratne
'Race' and Statistics - Waqar I U Ahmad and Trevor A Sheldon
Research Analysis of Administrative Records - Catherine Hakim
How Official Statistics are Produced - Government Statisticians' Collective
Views from the Inside
'It's Great to Have Someone to Talk to' - Janet Finch
Ethics and Politics of Interviewing Women
Observation and the Police - Maurice Punch
The Research Experience
Increasing the Generalizability of Qualitative Research - Janet Ward Schofield
The Obviousness of Social and Educational Research Results - N L Gage

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