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Constructing Social Research The Unity and Diversity of Method

ISBN-10: 1412960185
ISBN-13: 9781412960182
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Constructing Social Research, Second Edition is a concise, innovative text designed for undergraduate Research Methods courses in the Social Sciences. This Sociology for a New Century Series text effectively highlights the unity and diversity of methods across disciplines and cultures using comparative and historical examples. Ragin and Amoroso clearly demonstrate the similarities among three major traditions: qualitative research on commonalities, comparative research on diversity, and quantitative research on relationships among variables. Together, these three compelling research strategies provide a solid foundation for studying all social phenomena, from examining the complexities of everyday life to investigating the power of transnational processes.New to This Edition This edition includes a new Chapter 4 'œThe Ethics of Social Research' to provide more in-depth information on this vital topic Ragin and Amoroso offer a new succinct overview of the scientific method, illuminating the contrast between this method and the alternative presented in the text To illustrate the various types of data collection associated with qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research, each chapter within the 'œStrategies of Social Research' section includes new, detailed examples

Foreword
Preface
Elements of Social Research
What is Social Research?
Introduction
Some Conventional Views of Social Research
Social Research and Other Ways of Representing Social Life
Social Research Defined
Journalism and Social Research: The Similarities
How Social Research Differs
The Goals of Social Research
Introduction
The Seven Main Goals
The Link between Goals and Strategies
The Social Nature of Social Research
The Process of Social Research: Ideas and Evidence
Introduction
The Interpretive Model of Social Research
Processes and Strategies of Social Research
The Challenge of Social Research
The Ethics of Social Research
Introduction
Ethical Dilemmas and Failures
The Troublesome History of Ethical Research
The Current Ethical Standards and Institutional Oversight
Ethical and Professional Dilemmas Facing Social Researchers
Strategies of Social Research
Using Qualitative Methods to Study Commonalities
Introduction
The Goals of Qualitative Research
The Process of Qualitative Research
Using Qualitative Methods
The Study of a Single Case
Using Comparative Methods to Study Diversity
Introduction
Contrasts with Other Research Strategies
The Goals of Comparative Research
The Process of Comparative Research
Using Comparative Methods
Using Quantitative Methods to Study Covariation
Introduction
Contrasts with Other Research Strategies
The Goals of Quantitative Research
The Process of Quantitative Research
Using Quantitative Methods
Afterword: The Promise of Social Research with Mary Driscoll
Appendix: Computing Correlation Coefficients
References
Glossary/Index

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