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Research Methodology for Social Sciences

1st Edition

Edited by Rajat Acharyya, Nandan Bhattacharya

Routledge India

272 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Research Methodology for Social Sciences provides a guideline for researchers in social sciences, covering different aspects of qualitative research techniques and evidence-based research techniques including survey design, choice of sample, construction of indices, statistical inferences, and data analysis.

With illustrations, examples and reader friendly approach, this volume takes research scholars and market analysts through concepts, techniques and tools at different stages of research beginning with design of field surveys to collect raw data and then to analyze the data using statistical and econometric methods. Alongside the insights gained in epistemological issues and debates over qualitative research methods, the readers will learn how to design and conduct evidence-based research in social sciences using both qualitative and quantitative data.

The volume can be used as reference material for compulsory research methodology courses at the M.Phil and Ph.D. levels across different disciplines like Economics, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Education, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Philosophy, History, Business Management and the like. This volume can also be used for a post-graduate course on quantitative techniques and data analysis.

Table of Contents


Rajat Acharyya

Part I: Epistemological Issues

1. Methodological or Epistemological Issues in Social Research

Achin Chakraborty

Part II: Debates in Research Methods

2. Towards a Pragmatic Centre: Debates on Qualitative Methodology

Samita Sen

3. Ethnographic Fieldwork: The Predicaments and Possibilities

Amites Mukhopadhyay

4. Diversity in Economics: An Examination and Defense of Heterodox Approach

Soumik Sarkar and Anjan Chakrabarti

Part III: Methods of Conflict Analysis and Policy Evaluation

5. Game Theory: Strategy Design in Conflict Situations

Swapnendu Banerjee

6. Impact Evaluation Techniques: Applications in Social Sciences

Arijita Dutta

7. Construction of Different Types of Indices: Some Numerical Examples

Sushil Kr. Haldar

Part IV: Quantitative Research Methods and Predictive Analysis

8. Designing a Primary Survey Based Research

Tanmayee Banerjee (Chatterjee)

9. Sampling Methods: A Survey

Malabika Roy

10. An Introduction to Statistical Inference

Sugata Sen Roy

11. Problem of Endogeneity in Social Science Research

Arpita Ghose

12. Quantitative Methods for Qualitative Variables in Social Science: An Introduction

Ajitava Raychaudhuri

About the Editors

Rajat Acharyya is Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Director (Additional Charge) of UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Jadavpur University, India. Professor Acharyya received his M.Sc. (Economics) degree from Calcutta University in 1990 and Ph.D. (Economics) degree from Jadavpur University in 1996. He was a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Rochester University, New York, USA during 1997-98. Professor Acharyya has written five books and published more than 60 articles in journals and edited volumes. His recent books include International Trade and Economic Development (co-authored with Saibal Kar, 2014); and International Economics: Theory and Policy (2013). He was awarded the EXIM Bank International Trade Research Award in 1997, Global Development Network (Washington D.C.) Research Medal in 2003, the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal in 2006 and Shikhsaratna (Best University Teacher) Award by the Government of West Bengal in 2016.

Nandan Bhattacharya is Assistant Director of UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Jadavpur University, India. Dr Bhattacharya received his M.Sc. (Zoology) degree from Vidyasagar University in 1992 and Ph.D. (Zoology) degree from the same University in 2004. He has published several articles in different reputed journals and delivered lectures at different colleges and institutes of higher learning within and outside West Bengal. He has coordinated and designed course curriculums for orientation programmes, workshops, short term courses specially conducted for college and university teachers/librarians under the UGC Guidelines. His areas of research interest inlcude ecology, education, communication skill development, among many others.

About the Series

Contemporary Issues in Social Science Research

Contemporary Issues in Social Science Research is a series dedicated to the advancement of academic research and practice on emerging 21st century social and cultural themes. It explores fresh perspectives on a legion of interdisciplinary social science themes connecting subject areas that have hitherto been unexplored, underdeveloped or overlooked. This series aims to provide scholars, researchers and students a ready reference for the new and developing in social science academia which has come into the fore as focal points of debate and discussion today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies