Key Variables in Social Investigation encourages sociologists and other social scientists to think about the conceptual and empirical problems of using and evaluating key variables in social research. The book contains reviews of ten major variables: age; gender; race and ethnicity; health and illness; education; social class and occupation; work, employment and unemployment and unemployment; leisure; politics; and voluntary ways in which concepts can be specified and translated into variables and indicators.
Notes on contributors
1. Introduction, Robert G. Burgess
2. Age, Janet Finch
3. Gender, D.H.J. Morgan
4. Race and Ethnicity, Martin Bulmer
5. Health and Illness, Sally Macintyre
6. Education, Robert G. Burgess
7. Social Class and Occupation, Catherine Marsh
8. Work, Employment and Unemployment, Kate Purcell
9. Leisure, Stanley Parker
10. Politics, David Jay
11. Voluntary Associations, C.G. Pickvance
12. Do Concepts, Variables and Indicators Interrelate?, Martin Bulmer and Robert G. Burgess
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.