9781412960182

Constructing Social Research : The Unity and Diversity of Method

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 7/14/2010
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Summary

Ideal for capstone courses in undergraduate social science, or as an invitation to social research, this innovative short text shows what is common across three major traditions: qualitative research on commonalities; comparative research on diversity; and quantitative research on relationships among variables. These three strategies provide a solid foundation for the study of all social phenomena, from the examination of the complexities of everyday life to the investigation of the power of transnational processes.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Elements of Social Research
What is Social Research?
Introduction
Some Conventional Views of Social Research
Social Research and Other Ways of Representing Social Life
Social Research Defined
Journalism and Social Research: The Similarities
How Social Research Differs
The Goals of Social Research
Introduction
The Seven Main Goals
The Link between Goals and Strategies
The Social Nature of Social Research
The Process of Social Research: Ideas and Evidence
Introduction
The Interpretive Model of Social Research
Processes and Strategies of Social Research
The Challenge of Social Research
The Ethics of Social Research
Introduction
Ethical Dilemmas and Failures
The Troublesome History of Ethical Research
The Current Ethical Standards and Institutional Oversight
Ethical and Professional Dilemmas Facing Social Researchers
Strategies of Social Research
Using Qualitative Methods to Study Commonalities
Introduction
The Goals of Qualitative Research
The Process of Qualitative Research
Using Qualitative Methods
The Study of a Single Case
Using Comparative Methods to Study Diversity
Introduction
Contrasts with Other Research Strategies
The Goals of Comparative Research
The Process of Comparative Research
Using Comparative Methods
Using Quantitative Methods to Study Covariation
Introduction
Contrasts with Other Research Strategies
The Goals of Quantitative Research
The Process of Quantitative Research
Using Quantitative Methods
Afterword: The Promise of Social Research with Mary Driscoll
Appendix: Computing Correlation Coefficients
References
Glossary/Index
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