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Researching Society and Culture

ISBN-10: 1849207992
ISBN-13: 9781849207997
Edition: 3rd 2012
Authors: Clive Seale
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 12/19/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Clear, coherent and trusted this book is the perfect guide to the main social research methods in use today. The much anticipated third edition of Clive Seale's bestselling title further expands its coverage to provide an authoritative introduction to all of the social research methods used to analyze qualitative and quantitative data. Written by internationally renowned experts, every chapter is packed with real world examples, student-friendly learning aids and helpful practical tips. Highlights of this edition include: - New chapters covering: research design, sampling, structured data collection, preparing data for statistical analysis, coding and analysing qualitative data, narrative analysis and interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), giving oral presentations, writing a research report and content and comparative keyword analysis - A much expanded glossary now boasting more than 500 definitions - A re-modelled and expanded website containing lecturer PowerPoint slides, extra chapters not included in the book and downloadable journal articles - Revised student exercises, workshops, review questions and key words An invaluable, practical resource this book is an essential companion for every undergraduate and postgraduate student starting a methods course or social research project.

Clive Seale is Professor of Medical Sociology at Queen Mary University of London.

Acknowledgements
Author biographies
Introduction and guide to using this book
Starting Out
Introduction to the philosophy of science
Research and theory
Research and policy
Ethics and social research
Doing a literature review
Research questions and proposals
Research design
Sampling
Doing a dissertation
Doing Research
Structured methods: interviews, questionnaires and observation
Qualitative interviewing
Focus groups
Doing ethnography
Doing historical and documentary research
Visual analysis
Secondary analysis and official statistics
Preparing data for statistical analysis
Statistical reasoning: from one to two variables
Statistical reasoning: causal arguments and multivariate analysis
Coding and analysing qualitative data
Generating grounded theory
Discourse analysis
Analysing conversation
Narrative analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis
Content and comparative keyword analysis
Combining qualitative and quantitative methods
Writing, Presenting, Reflecting
Writing a research report
Giving oral presentations
Validity, reliability and the quality of research
When things go wrong
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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