9780761961062

The Foundations of Social Research; Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process

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    9780761961062

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    0761961062

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/15/1998
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

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Summary

Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: the research process
1(17)
Four elements
2(8)
What about ontology?
10(2)
In all directions
12(2)
The great divide
14(4)
Positivism: the march of science
18(24)
Positivism
19(10)
Post-positivism
29(13)
Constructionism: the making of meaning
42(24)
The construction of meaningful reality
42(10)
`Social' constructionism
52(5)
Conformism or critique?
57(6)
Realism and relativism
63(3)
Interpretivism: for and against culture
66(21)
Roots of interpretivism
67(5)
Symbolic interactionism
72(6)
Phenomenology
78(9)
Interpretivism: the way of hermeneutics
87(25)
Historical origins
88(2)
The hermeneutic mode of understanding
90(2)
Modern hermeneutics
92(20)
Critical inquiry: the Marxist heritage
112(27)
Karl Marx
115(7)
Marxism after Marx
122(3)
The Institute for Social Research
125(5)
Critical theory
130(9)
Critical inquiry: contemporary critics & contemporary critique
139(21)
Jurgen Habermas and communicative reason
140(7)
Paulo Freire's pedagogy of the oppressed
147(10)
Critical inquiry today
157(3)
Feminism: re-visioning the man-made world
160(23)
The many feminisms
162(8)
Feminist `epistemology'
170(6)
Feminine thought or feminist values?
176(7)
Postmodernism: crisis of confidence or moment of truth?
183(31)
`Post' what?
183(12)
(Post-) structuralism
195(8)
The character of post-structuralism
203(7)
Back to the postmodern
210(4)
Conclusion
214(3)
Notes 217(4)
Bibliography 221(12)
Index 233

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