“You might think that dancing doesn’t have a lot to do with social research, and doing social research is probably why you picked this book up in the first place. But trust me. Salsa dancing is a practice as well as a metaphor for a kind of research that will make your life easier and better.”
Savvy, witty, and sensible, this unique book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science. In this volume, Kristin Luker guides novice researchers in:
- knowing the difference between an area of interest and a research topic
- defining the relevant parts of a potentially infinite research literature
- mastering sampling, operationalization, and generalization
- understanding which research methods best answer your questions
- beating writer’s block
Most important, she shows how friendships, nonacademic interests, and even salsa dancing can make for a better researcher.
“You know about setting the kitchen timer and writing for only an hour, or only 15 minutes if you are feeling particularly anxious. I wrote a fairly large part of this book feeling exactly like that. If I can write an entire book 15 minutes at a time, so can you.”
|Publisher:||Harvard University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
Table of Contents
- Salsa Dancing? In the Social Sciences?
- What’s It All About?
- An Ode to Canonical Social Science
- What Is This a Case of, Anyway?
- Reviewing the Literature
- On Sampling, Operationalization, and Generalization
- Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty
- Field (and Other) Methods
- Historical-Comparative Methods
- Data Reduction and Analysis
- Living Your Life as a Salsa-Dancing Social Scientist
- Appendix One: What to Do If You Don’t Have a Case
- Appendix Two: Tools of the Trade
- Appendix Three: Special Resources for Specific Methods
- Appendix Four: Sample Search Log
- Author’s Note