Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice

Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice

by Martyn Hammersley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803988044

ISBN-13: 9780803988040

Pub. Date: 02/05/1993

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803988040
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/05/1993
Series:
Published in association with The Open University Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1Philosophy
1An Overall View of Positivism1
2Two Traditions9
3Qualitative Research and Psychological Theorizing14
4The Elements of Critical Social Science33
5Traditions in Documentary Analysis37
Pt. 2Politics
6Decolonializing Applied Social Sciences52
7Towards a Methodology for Feminist Research64
8Interventions in New Social Movements83
9A Political Classification of Evaluation Studies in Education105
10The Value of Quantitative Methodology for Feminist Research109
11'Race' and Statistics124
Pt. 3Practice
12Research Analysis of Administrative Records131
13How Official Statistics are Produced: Views from the Inside146
14'It's Great to have Someone to Talk to': Ethics and Politics of Interviewing Women166
15Observation and the Police: The Research Experience181
16Increasing the Generalizability of Qualitative Research200
17The Obviousness of Social and Educational Research Results226
Index238

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