Understanding Social Research: Thinking Creatively about Method

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The book explores methodological approaches in three key areas - personal life and relationships; places and mobilities, and socio-cultural change. These work as vehicles to expound methodological issues and challenges that are relevant across a much wider range of domains.

Understanding Social Research brings together leading researchers in the social sciences – including sociology, health, geography, psychology and social statistics - to elaborate their approach to research design and practice, based on their own research experience, and to consider what kinds of knowledge their methods can produce. Each of the contributing authors reflects on their own methods and identifies what is distinctive about them. The book contains fascinating insights into how the knowledge we produce is shaped by the methods we choose and use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848601451
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Mason is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. She is co-author of Wills, Inheritance and Families (1996) and Negotiating Family Responsibilities (1993).
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Table of Contents

Creative Tensions in Social Research: Questions of Method - Jennifer Mason and Angela Dale
Experimenting with Qualitative Methods: Researching Family Resemblance - Jennifer Mason and Katherine Davies
Using Psychoanalytic Methodology in Psychosocial Research: Researching Brothers - Stephen Frosh and Lisa Saville Young
Using Biographical and Longitudinal Methods: Researching Mothering - Rachel Thomson
Using Social Network Analysis: Researching Relational Structure - Nick Crossley
Using Survey Data: Researching Families and Households - Angela Dale
Ethnographies of Place: Researching the Road - Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox
Using Sociotechnical Methods: Researching Human-Technological Dynamics in the City - Simon Guy and Andrew Karvonen
Using Participatory, Observational and 'Rapid Appraisal' Methods: Researching Health and Illness - Sarah Salway, Kaveri Harriss and Punita Chowbey
Innovative Ways of Mapping Data about Places - Danny Dorling and Dimitris Ballas
Using Archived Qualitative Data: Researching Socio-cultural Change - Mike Savage
What's History Got to Do with It? Researching Sexual Histories - Jeffrey Weeks
Using Qualitative Methods to Complement Randomized Controlled Trials: Researching Mental-Health Interventions - Anne Rogers
Exploring the Narrative Potential of Cohort Data and Event History Analysis - Jane Elliott
Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Researching Changing Health in Later Life - James Nazroo
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