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In the fourth edition of this lively and engaging textbook, Alan Bryman presents students with an updated and all-encompassing guide to the principle techniques and methodology in the field of Social Research. Adopting a coherent and student-friendly format, the book offers an encyclopaedic introduction to social research methodology, and considers a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods to help students identify and evaluate the best approach for their research needs. Building on the success of the previous editions, this book is concerned with the ways that social researchers approach their craft. Bryman guides the reader through all aspects of the research process including formulating objectives, choosing research methods, securing research participants, as well as advice on how to effectively collect, analyse and interpret data and disseminate those findings to others. This fourth edition features a new 'supervisor experience' feature, which offers helpful tips from the supervisor's perspective on successful research, as well as a new chapter which tackles the sampling issues faced by qualitative researchers in a more consolidated fashion than in previous editions. Substantial updates have also been made to the existing material, particularly the internet research section, which has been fully revised to accommodate the extensive developments in this area. An Online Resource Center accompanies the text and includes: For students: A student researcher's toolkit, providing guidance and advice on every aspect of social research Student experience podcasts Self-marking multiple choice questions for revision Annotated web links to useful articles, reviews, models and research guides A guide to using Excel in data analysis For instructors: A lecturer's guide including lecture outlines, reading lists and teaching activities A suite of customisable PowerPoint slides Figures and tables from the text Case studies
Table of Contents
Part One 1. The nature and process of social research 2. Social research strategies 3. Research designs 4. Planning a research project and formulating research questions 5. Getting started: Reviewing the literature 6. Ethics and politics in social research Part Two 7. The nature of quantitative research 8. Sampling 9. Structured interviewing 10. Self-completion questionnaires 11. Asking questions 12. Structured observation 13. Content analysis 14. Secondary analysis and official statistics 15. Quantitative data analysis 16. Using SPSS for Windows Part Three 17. The nature of qualitative research 18. Sampling in qualitative research 19. Ethnography and participant observation 20. Interviewing in qualitative research 21. Focus groups 22. Language in qualitative research 23. Documents as sources of data 24. Qualitative data analysis 25. Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis: using NVivo Part Four 26. Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide 27. Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research 28. E-research: Internet research methods 29. Writing up social research