Writing in Sociology

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-09-21
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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With humor and empathy, this handbook provides undergraduate and early-career graduate students guidance in sociological writing of all kinds. It offers unusual approaches to developing ideas into research questions, utilizing research literature, constructing research papers, and completing different kinds of course writing (including case studies, theory papers, and applied social science projects). The book is more targeted to the undergraduate or early-career graduate student struggling with a first research paper. By focusing on how to think about the goals and strategies implicit in each section of a writing project, this book provides accessible advice to novice sociological writers.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Thinking Broadly about Writing Sociologyp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Turning Ideas into Researchable Questionsp. 7
Overview of Writing a Research Paper: An Extended Analogyp. 19
Borrowing Well from the Literaturep. 25
Citing Sources: Why, When, and Howp. 31
Writing Quantitative Papersp. 41
Quantitative Papers: The Introductionp. 43
Quantitative Papers: The Literature Reviewp. 47
Quantitative Papers: The Data and Methods Sectionp. 55
Quantitative Papers: Presenting Resultsp. 61
Quantitative Papers: Discussions and Conclusionsp. 71
Writing Qualitative Papersp. 77
Ethnographic Interviewing and Storytellingp. 79
Writing a Case Studyp. 103
The Internship Journalp. 107
Other Sociology Writing Tasksp. 113
Revisiting Literature Reviews: Applied Sociology Research Projectsp. 115
Writing a Book Reviewp. 121
Tips on Writing Theory and Content Papersp. 125
Appendix: Word Use and Misusep. 129
Indexp. 143
About the Authorp. 149
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