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The Practice of Social Research / Edition 7

The Practice of Social Research / Edition 7

by Earl R. Babbie


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ISBN-13: 9780534187446
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, although he chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, growing up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After three years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. Although an author of research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many texts he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association for 25 years and served on the ASAÂ's executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association. He has been married to his wife, Sheila, for more than 40 years, and they have a son, Aaron, who would make any parent proud. As proof, he helped produce the world's two greatest grandchildren. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

Table of Contents

Part 1An Introduction to Inquiry3
1Human Inquiry and Science4
2Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research32
3The Ethics and Politics of Social Research61
Part 2The Structuring of Inquiry85
4Research Design86
5Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement118
6Indexes, Scales, and Typologies150
7The Logic of Sampling178
Part 3Modes of Observation219
9Survey Research242
10Qualitative Field Research281
11Unobtrusive Research312
12Evaluation Research341
Part 4Analysis of Data367
13Qualitative Data Analysis369
14Quantitative Data Analysis395
15The Elaboration Model421
16Social Statistics440
17Reading and Writing Social Research472
AUsing the LibraryA2
BGSS Household Enumeration QuestionnaireA8
CRandom NumbersA18
DDistribution of Chi SquareA20
ENormal Curve AreasA22
FEstimated Sampling ErrorA23
GTwenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll ResultsA25

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