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Social Research

Social Research
Theory, Methods and Techniques

First Edition

May 2003 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

`This is an impressively detailed, clearly written book.... It is a book that I would like students to read' - Clive Seale, Goldsmiths College, London

Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques presents an understanding of social research practice through appreciation of its foundations and methods. Stretching from the philosophy of science to detailed descriptions of both qualitative and quantitative techniques, it illustrates not only `how' to do social research, but also `why' particular techniques are used today.

The book is divided into three parts:

Part One: Illustrates the two basic paradigms - quantitative and qualitative - of social research, describing their origins in philosophical thought and outlining their current interpretations.

Part Two: Devoted to quantitative research, and discusses the relationship between theory and research practice. It also presents a discussion of key quantitative research techniques.

Part Three: Examines qualitative research. Topics range from classical qualitative techniques such as participant observation, to more recent developments such as ethnomethodological studies.

Overall, the author offers an engaging contribution to the field of social research and this book is a reminder of the solid foundations upon which most social research is conducted today. As a consequence it will be required reading for students throughout the social sciences, and at various levels.

Paradigms of Social Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
From Theory to Empirical Research
Causality and Experimentation
The Survey
Official Statistics
Participant Observation
The Qualitative Interview
The Use of Documents

The crucial problem I had with this book relates to the presence of an Italian translation. Students tend to read the Italian version without acquiring the required vocabulary.

Dr Matteo Bassoli
Political Science, Università degli Studi di Padova
June 12, 2019

The book offers a clear overview of the different techniques applied to social research. In particular, the ongoing parallel between quantitative and qualitative methods enables students to have a better understanding of the cardinal issues involved in the two mainstreams. It maintains a sociological perspective that may not always fit the "social psychology" modules.

Dr Anna Zoli
Faculty of psychology , Warsaw School of Social Psychology
September 2, 2015

A great resource for students thinking about their social research methodology.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
July 23, 2012

Particularly useful for undergraduate study and have recommended as general text for dissertation modules.

Mr William McGovern
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
December 22, 2011

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