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1st Edition

Social Research Methods
A Reader

Edited By

Clive Seale

ISBN 9780415300841
Published December 22, 2003 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together many of the core classic and contemporary works in social and cultural research methods, this book gives students direct access to methodological debates and examples of practical research across the qualitative/quantitative divide. The book is designed to be used both as a collection of readings and as an introductory research methods book in its own right. Topics covered include:

  • research methodology
  • research design, data collection and preparation
  • analyzing data
  • mixing qualitative and quantitative methods
  • validity and reliability
  • methodological critique: postmodernism, post-structuralism and critical ethnography
  • political and ethical aspects of research
  • philosophy of social science
  • reporting research.

Each section is preceded by a short introduction placing the readings in context. This reader-text also includes features such as discussion questions and practical exercises.

Table of Contents

1. Methodological Awareness  2. Social Research as Science  3. Collecting Quantitative Data  4. Analysing Quantitative Data  5. Critiques of Quantification  6. The Limits of Science  7. Ethnography: The qualitative alternative  8. Qualitative Interviewing  9. Other Sources of Qualitative Data  10. Analysing Qualitative Data  11. Structuralism, Post-Structuralism and the Linguistic Turn  12. Reflexivity and Representation  13. Postmodernism  14. Political and Ethical Aspects of Research Practice  15. Paradigm Disputes and Resolutions

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Clive Seale is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University, UK. His recent publications include Researching Society and Culture, The Quality of Qualitative Research and Qualitative Research Practice.