The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology

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Overview

This is a jewel among methods handbooks, bringing together a formidable collection of international contributors to comment on every aspect of the various central issues, complications, and controversies in the core methodological traditions. It is designed to meet the needs of those disciplinary and nondisciplinary problem-oriented social inquirers for a comprehensive overview of the methodological literature.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"This timely collection maps developments and explores new territories to meet the challenges and bring about possibilities for social science inquiries. "
CHOICE
"This timely collection maps developments and explores new territories to meet the challenges and bring about possibilities for social science inquiries. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412901192
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/8/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Turner is Graduate Research Professor. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. His dissertation, Sociological Explanation as Translation , was published in 1980 by Cambridge . He is the author of a number of books in the history and philosophy of social science and statistics, including books on Max Weber, on whom he also edited the Cambridge Companion volume. He is the co-author of the standard one-volume history of American Sociology, The Impossible Science. He has also written extensively in science studies, especially on patronage and the politics and economics of science, and on the concept of practices, including two books, The Social Theory of Practices and Brains//Practices/ Relativism . His Liberal Democracy 3.0: Civil Society in an Age of Experts, reflects his interest in the problem the political significance of science. Among his other current interests are problems of explaining normativity, especially the conflict between philosophical and social scientific accounts, and issues relating to the implications of cognitive neuroscience for social theory, especially related to the problem of tacit knowledge and mirror neurons. He is also engaged in a large project on the realism of Hans Kelsen and Max Weber and its relevance for contemporary discussions of political theory and law. His most recent book, Explaining the Normative (Polity 2010) is a critique and an alternative to the accounts of “normativity” one finds in philosophers like Mc Dowell, Brandom, Korsgaard, Nagel, and the like. Among his other recent edited books are The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology, with William Outhwaite, and The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory, with Gerard Delanty. He has had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: OVERVIEWS
Introduction - William Outhwaite
The Social Sciences since World War II - Peter Manicas
The Rise and Fall of Scientism
Interdisciplinary Approaches in Social Science Research - Julie Thompson Klein
PART TWO: CASES, COMPARISONS AND THEORY
Introduction - William Outhwaite
Ethnography - Jon Mitchell
Comparative Methods - Charles C Ragin
Historicity and Sociohistorical Research - John R Hall
Case Study - Jennifer Platt
PART THREE: QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIMENT
Introduction - Stephen Turner
Statistical Models for Causation - David Freedman
Fighting to Understand the World Causally - Leslie Hayduk and Hannah Pazderka-Robinson
Three Battles Connected to the Causal Implications of Structural Equation Models
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Behavioral Research - Sandra Schneider
On Context, Crud and Convergence
Theory and Experimentation in Social Sciences - Murray Webster Jr and Jane Sell
The Treatment of Missing Data - David Howell
Modeling Selection Effects - Thad Dunning and David Freedman
Methods for Census 2000 and Statistical Adjustments - David Freedman and Ken Wachter
Quantitative History - Margo Anderson
PART FOUR: RATIONALITY, COMPLEXITY, COLLECTIVITY
Introduction - William Outhwaite
Rational Choice Theory - Donald P Green and Justin Fox
Rationality and Rationalist Approaches in the Social Sciences - David Henderson
Individual and Collective Agency - Thomas Schwinn
Simulating Complexity - R Keith Sawyer
Evolutionary Approaches in the Social Sciences - Maureen O'Malley
PART FIVE: INTERPRETATION, CRITIQUE AND POSTMODERNITY
Introduction - William Outhwaite
Understanding and Interpretation - Hans-Herbert Kögler
New Controversies in Phenomenology - Mark J Smith and Piya Pangsapa
Between Ethnography and Discourse
Liberal Humanism and the European Critical Tradition - Doug Kellner and Tyson Lewis
Grounded Theory - Adele Clarke
Critiques, Debates and Situational Analysis
Does Postmodernism Make You Mad? Or, Did You Flunk Statistics? - Ben Agger
PART SIX: DISCOURSE CONSTRUCTION
Introduction - Stephen Turner
Social Construction and Research Methodology - Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen
Rhetorics of Social Science - Ricca Edmondson
Sociality in Writing and Inquiry
Discourse Analysis - Michael Lynch
PART SEVEN: EVALUATION, ENGAGEMENT, AND COLLABRATIVE RESEARCH
Introduction - Stephen Turner
Evaluation Research - Michael Scriven
Feminist Methodology - Susan Hekman
Feminist Methodology and Its Discontents - Nancy Naples
Community Based Research - Michael Root
Qualitative Methodology (Including Focus Groups) - Norman Denzin and Kathryn E Ryan
Making a Mess with Method - John Law

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