This book probes the complex methodological choices facing social researchers and students who are applying or learning the methods of social research. The author shows how an understanding of social research requires close consideration of the underlying conceptual frameworks - from neopositivism to structuralism, hermeneutics and anti-foundationalism - that shape how one studies society. Baranov introduces each philosophical tradition and shows how decisions about research design and methodology are affected by them. He also explains the practical and ethical consequences that follow from methodological choices. The book's approach is non-doctrinaire and the prose style is accessible, concrete, and jargon-free.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction and Fair Warning Chapter 1: Embryonic Positivism Chapter 2: Logical Positivism Chapter 3: Postpositivism Chapter 4: Structuralism Chapter 5: Hermeneutics Chapter 6: Antifoundationalism Yes, But...Now What? Index About the Author
“In graduate school I was introduced to a number of arguments that did not make a lot of sense to me at the time. David Baronov’s Conceptual Foundations of Social Research Methods was the book I needed back then. Baronov’s book offers a great place to start on the many issues that underlie social science research methods today.”Jacqueline Bergdahl, Wright State University