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Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research / Edition 9

Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research / Edition 9

by Russell K. Schutt
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ISBN-13: 9781506361192
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Edition description: Ninth Edition
Pages: 728
Sales rank: 718,584
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Russell K. Schutt, Ph D, is a professor and the chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts Mental Health Center). He completed his BA, MA, and Ph D (1977) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (1977–1979). His other books include Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Ray Engel), Making Sense of the Social World (with Dan Chambliss), and Research Methods in Psychology (with Paul G. Nestor)—all with SAGE Publications, as well as Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press) and Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (coedited with Larry J. Seidman and Matcheri S. Keshavan, also Harvard University Press). Most of his peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focus on the effect of social context on cognition, satisfaction, functioning, and recidivism, the orientations of service recipients and of service and criminal justice personnel, and the organization of health and social services. He is currently a coinvestigator for a randomized trial of peer support for homeless dually diagnosed veterans, funded by the Veterans Administration.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Section I. Foundations for Social Research
1. Science, Society, and Social Research
Learning About the Social World
Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World
Science and Social Science
Strengths and Limitations of Social Research
Alternative Research Orientations
2. The Process and Problems of Social Research
Social Research Questions
Social Theories
Social Research Foundations
Social Research Strategies
Social Research Organizations
Social Research Standards
3. Research Ethics and Research Proposals
Historical Background
Ethical Principles
The Institutional Review Board
Social Research Proposals
Section II. Fundamentals of Social Research
4. Conceptualization and Measurement
From Concepts to Indicators
From Observations to Concepts
Levels of Measurement
Evaluating Measures
5. Sampling and Generalizability
Sample Planning
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
6. Research Design and Causation
Research Design Alternatives
Criteria and Cautions for Nomothetic Causal Explanations
Comparing Research Designs
Section III. Basic Social Research Design
7. Experiments
History of Experimentation
True Experiments
Validity in Experiments
Ethical Issues in Experimental
8. Survey Research
Survey Research in the Social Sciences
Writing Survey Questions
Combining Questions in Indexes
Designing Questionnaires
Organizing Surveys
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
9. Quantitative Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics
Preparing for Data Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Cross-Tabulating Variables
Regression Analysis
Performing Meta-Analyses
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships
10. Qualitative Methods
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Interviewing Online
Focus Groups
Generalizability in Qualitative Research
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
11. Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
Alternatives in Qualitative Data
Visual Sociology
Systematic Observation
Participatory Action Research
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
Section IV. Complex Social Research Designs
12. Mixed Methods
History of Mixed Methods
Types of Mixed Methods
Strengths and Limitations of Mixed Methods
Ethics and Mixed Methods
13. Evaluation and Policy Research
History of Evaluation Research
Evaluation Basics
Questions for Evaluation Research
Design Decisions
Policy Research
Ethics in Evaluation
14. Research Using Secondary Data and “Big” Data
Secondary Data Sources
Challenges for Secondary Data Analyses
Big Data
Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Big Data
15. Research Using Historical and Comparative Data and Content Analysis
Overview of Historical and Comparative Research Methods
Historical Social Science Methods
Comparative Social Science Methods
Demographic Analysis
Content Analysis
Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research and Content Analysis
16. Summarizing and Reporting Research
Writing Research
Displaying Research
Reporting Research
Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports
Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix C: Table of Random Numbers

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