Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice

Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice

by Martyn Hammersley
     
 

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
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHY
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
PART TWO: POLITICS
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
PART THREE: PRACTICE
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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