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Constructing Social Research
The Unity and Diversity of Method

Third Edition


June 2018 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The updated Third Edition of this innovative text shows the unity within the diversity of activities called social research to help students understand how all social researchers construct representations of social life using theories, systematic data collection, and careful examination of that data. The book tackles questions like "What is social research?", "How does it differ from journalism, documentary film-making, or laboratory research in the natural sciences?", and "What is the researcher's obligation to those he or she is studying?"

Updated throughout with new references and examples, this edition is designed to evoke challenging questions regarding the nature of representation and the ethical challenges facing social scientific researchers. The text moves beyond standard research challenges to push readers to see the complex relationships among ethics, ideas, evidence, and outcomes.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I: ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
 
CHAPTER 1: What Is (and Is Not) Social Research?
Introduction

 
Some Conventional Views of Social Research

 
Social Research and Other Ways of Representing Social Life

 
How Social Research Differs

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 2: The Goals of Social Research
Introduction

 
Seven Main Goals

 
The Link Between Goals and Strategies

 
The Social Nature of Social Research

 
 
CHAPTER 3: 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

 
CHAPTER 4: The Ethics of Social Research

 
Introduction

 
Ethical Dilemmas and Failures

 
The Troubled History of Ethical Research

 
The Current Ethical Standards and Institutional Oversight

 
Ethical and Professional Dilemmas Facing Social Researchers

 
The Problem of Representation

 
Conclusion

 
 
PART II: STRATEGIES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
 
CHAPTER 5: 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
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 6: 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

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 7: Using Quantitative Methods to Study Covariation
Introduction

 
The Goals of Quantitative Research

 
Contrasts With Other Research Strategies

 
The Process of Quantitative Research

 
Using Quantitative Methods

 
Conclusion

 
 
Afterword: The Promise of Social Research With Mary Driscoll
 
Appendix: Computing Correlation Coefficients
 
References
 
Glossary/Index
 
About the Authors

The text is well written an researched.

Dr Joseph Adamo
Business Administration Dept, Cazenovia College
September 28, 2018

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