Qualitative Methods in Social Research

ISBN-10: 0767415604
ISBN-13: 9780767415606
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $113.67
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 9/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What is Social Research? Some Practical and Theoretical Concerns
What Is Social Research?
Why Do Research?
Developing a Sociological Imagination
The Research Process: Moving Between Theories and Data
Paradigms
Traditional Approaches to Social Research (Positivism)
Challenges to Traditional Ways of Doing Social Science
You Are Here: Locating the Self in Social Research
Naturalism
Social Constructionist and Interpretive Approaches
Feminist and Other Critical Approaches
Postmodernism
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Strategies for Beginning Research
Getting Started: Where to Begin?
Where Do Ideas Come From?
A Problem Is Always a Problem for Someone
Deciding What to Research
Developing a Research Strategy
Reading the Literature
Summary: The Research Process in View
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Additional Readings
Ethical Issues
Sleeping Well at Night: A Practical Ethics
Ethical Codes
Confidentiality and Informed Consent
Controversies in Social Research
Feminist Approaches to Research Ethics
Institutional Review Boards
Ethical Concerns in Qualitative Research
Practical Concerns in Protecting Privacy
Conclusion
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Observation: Participant and Otherwise
Participating and Observing
The Self as Instrument
Thinking About Settings: Selecting a Site
Getting In, Gaining Access
Emotions in The Field
Writing Field Notes
Leaving the Field
Focusing
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Interviews
Interviewing as a Relationship
Types Of Interviews
Closeness and Distance In Interview Situations
Developing Relationships
Getting Ready to Begin: Preparing For The Interview
Before the Interview
During the Interview
After The Interview
Group Interviews
Making Meaning
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Unobtrusive Measures: Analyzing Texts and Material Artifacts
Physical Traces
Material Artifacts
Documents and Records
Electronic Texts
Historical Research
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Action Research
Varieties of Action Research
Research for Whom?
Empowerment
The Process of Action Research: Look, Think, Act
Identifying Stakeholders
Formulating a Collective Problem
Think: Exploring the Problem
Act: Defining an Agenda for Action
Sharing the Results
Some Problems and Opportunities in Action Research
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Making Sense of Data
Making Sense of Qualitative Data: A Process of Making Meaning
Managing Data
Getting Intimate With Your Data
Coding
Memos
Asking Questions
Developing an Analysis
Content Analysis
Semiotic Analysis
Grounding the Analysis
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Narrative Analysis
What Is a Narrative?
The Structure of Stories
Other Structures of Stories
Structure, Story, and Social Context
Some Practical Advice
Evaluating Narratives
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
Writing
Writing as a Process
Audiences and Venues
Useful Ways to Structure Qualitative Research
Making Writing Vivid
Other Genres of Qualitative Research
Questions for Thought
Exercises
Suggestions for Further Reading
American Sociological Association Code of Ethics
Sample Informed Consent Form References

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