In this Ninth Edition, award-winning author Russell K. Schutt continues to make the field come alive with current, compelling examples of high quality research and the latest innovations in research methodology, along with a clear and comprehensive introduction to the logic and techniques of social science research.
New to this Edition:
- The latest advances in research methods are woven into the text from over 90 new research articles and books, covering topic like guidelines for writing research questions; distinguishing conceptual frameworks; techniques of video ethnography; abductive analysis; the value of systematic literature reviews and new human subjects rules; concerns about replicability and publication bias; and the rise of predatory journals.
- The rapidly increasing role of the Internet in both social relations and social research is reflected in new sections on systematic literature reviews, advances in online survey methods, geodata, digital ethnography, web experiments, online qualitative research, and new sources of big data.
- Current examples using research on pressing social issues such as inequality, healthcare, and police behavior offer students illustrate how social research contributes to understanding issues that are in the news and shaping their world.
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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 AuthorPrefaceAcknowledgmentsSection I. Foundations for Social Research1. 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 Conclusions2. The Process and Problems of Social Research Social Research Questions Social Theories Social Research Foundations Social Research Strategies Social Research Organizations Social Research Standards Conclusions3. Research Ethics and Research Proposals Historical Background Ethical Principles The Institutional Review Board Social Research Proposals ConclusionsSection II. Fundamentals of Social Research4. Conceptualization and Measurement Concepts From Concepts to Indicators From Observations to Concepts Measurement Levels of Measurement Evaluating Measures Conclusions5. Sampling and Generalizability Sample Planning Sampling Methods Sampling Distributions Conclusions6. Research Design and Causation Research Design Alternatives Criteria and Cautions for Nomothetic Causal Explanations Comparing Research Designs ConclusionsSection III. Basic Social Research Design7. Experiments History of Experimentation True Experiments Quasi-Experiments Validity in Experiments Ethical Issues in Experimental Conclusions8. Survey Research Survey Research in the Social Sciences Writing Survey Questions Combining Questions in Indexes Designing Questionnaires Organizing Surveys Ethical Issues in Survey Research Conclusions9. 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 Conclusions10. Qualitative Methods Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods Participant Observation Intensive Interviewing Interviewing Online Focus Groups Generalizability in Qualitative Research Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research Conclusions11. 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 ConclusionsSection IV. Complex Social Research Designs12. Mixed Methods History of Mixed Methods Types of Mixed Methods Strengths and Limitations of Mixed Methods Ethics and Mixed Methods Conclusions13. Evaluation and Policy Research History of Evaluation Research Evaluation Basics Questions for Evaluation Research Design Decisions Policy Research Ethics in Evaluation Conclusions14. 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 Conclusions15. 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 Conclusions16. Summarizing and Reporting Research Writing Research Displaying Research Reporting Research Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports ConclusionsAppendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research ArticleAppendix B: How to Read a Research ArticleAppendix C: Table of Random NumbersGlossaryBibliographyIndex