Making Sense of the Social World Methods of Investigation

ISBN-10: 141292717X

ISBN-13: 9781412927178

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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Description: Congratulations to esteemed author Russell K. Schutt, 2007 recipient of University of Massachusetts, Boston's Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service!In this Second Edition of the bestselling Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation, authors Daniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt once again provide students with an engaging, innovative, and accurate introduction to social research. More than a brief derivative of Schutt??'s widely successful Investigating the Social World, this version is written in a less formal, occasionally humorous style, with more concise examples drawn from everyday experience, and less coverage of complex or more rigorous methods. New to the Second Edition: Provides greater detail on qualitative data analysis: A new chapter draws attention to the distinctive features of qualitative data analysis and illustrates several different approaches. There is a new section in this chapter on visual sociology and more on computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Offers an expanded appendix on secondary data resources: The appendix on sources of secondary data has been greatly expanded and now includes instructions for using the resources available at the Inter-university Consortium on Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Provides writing techniques: New sections on writing techniques and literature reviews provide tips for writing clearly and on preparing a composite literature review. Improves clarity of traditionally difficult topics: There is expanded coverage of conceptualization, units and levels of analysis, ecological fallacy, and the varieties of longitudinal research designs to provide a better understanding of these often difficulttopics. The authors also include mnemonics???memory tricks???to help students remember important distinctions. Increases international examples: Reflecting the increasingly global scope of social science research, more examples are included from researchers in other countries or about persons from countries outside the United States. Expands treatment of human subjects issues: More details are provided about how to consider ethical issues involving the treatment of human subjects in research, as well as the increasing role of university IRB??'s in student research. Accompanied by High Quality Ancillaries! Student Study Site: includes journal articles, online exercises, and much more! IRCDs are available for qualified instructors only. To request an IRCD for this book please contact Customer Care at 1.800.818.7243 (6 am ??? 5 pm Pacific Time) or by emailing info@sagepub.com with course name and enrollment and your university mailing address to expedite the process.Intended Audience: This is an excellent introductory methods text for undergraduate research courses in the fields of sociology, criminal justice, media studies, political science, and public administration. It is ideal for students who need to understand how social research is done and appreciate the results, but may never do research themselves in the professional lives.

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List price: $69.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 368
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Daniel F. Chambliss , PhD, is the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he has taught since 1981. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1982; later that year, his thesis research received the American Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Dissertation Prize. In 1988, he published the book Champions: The Making of Olympic Swimmers , which received the Book of the Year Prize from the U.S. Olympic Committee. In 1989, he received the American Sociology Association's Theory Prize for work on organizational excellence based on his swimming research. Recipient of both Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, he published his second book, Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics , in 1996; for that work, he was awarded the ASA's Elliot Freidson Prize in Medical Sociology. In 2014 he published How College Works , co-authored with his former student Christopher G. Takacs. His research and teaching interests include organizational analysis, higher education, social theory, and comparative research methods.

Russell K. Schutt (PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University) is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, now in its Eighth Edition , and its co-authored adaptations for the disciplines of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (co-edited), and Organization in a Changing Environment . His scholarship focuses on the bidirectional relationship between individuals and their social environment, its consequences for organizational change, cognitive functioning, and individual behavior, and its predictors in individual orientations and community contexts. His related articles have been published in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation to the Journal of Community Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Women and Health, Evaluation & Program Planning, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare . His major research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state and local sources. In addition to research methods and statistics, he teaches the sociology of complex organizations and the sociology of law.

Science, Society, and Social Research
What Is the Problem?
Can Social Scientists See the Social World More Clearly?
How Well Have We Done Our Research? Are Our Answers Correct?
Conclusion
The Process and Problems of Social Research
What Is the Question?
What Is the Theory?
What Is the Strategy?
What Is the Design?
But Is It Ethical?
Conclusion
Conceptualization and Measurement
What Do We Have in Mind?
How Will We Know When We've Found It?
How Much Information Do We Really Have?
Did We Measure What We Wanted To Measure?
Conclusion
Sampling
What Sampling Method Should We Use?
Conclusion
Causation and Experimental Design
Causal Explanation
What Causes What?
Why Experiment?
What If a True Experiment Isn't Possible?
What Are the Threats to Validity in Experiments?
How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?
Conclusion
Survey Research
Why Is Survey Research So Popular?
How Should We Write Survey Questions?
How Should Questionnaires Be Designed?
What Are the Alternatives for Administering Surveys?
A Comparison of Survey Designs
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusion
Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
What Makes Methods "Qualitative"?
How Does Participant Observation Become a Research Method?
How Do You Conduct Intensive Interviews?
How Do You Run Focus Groups?
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusion
Qualitative Data Analysis
What Is Distinctive About Qualitative Data Analysis?
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis
Visual Sociology
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
Conclusions
Quantitative Data Analysis
Why Do Statistics?
How to Prepare Data for Analysis
What Are the Options for Displaying Univariate Distributions?
What Are the Options for Summarizing Distributions?
How Can We Tell Whether Two Variables Are Related?
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie with Statistics
Conclusion
Reviewing, Proposing, and Reporting Research
Comparing Research Designs
Reviewing Research
Proposing New Research
Reporting Research
Conclusion
Finding Information
HyperRESEARCH(TM): A Software Tool for Qualitative Data Analysis
Secondary Data Sources
How to Use a Statistical Package
References
Glossary/Index
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