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Documentary Research

Documentary Research

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • John Scott - Visiting Professor, University of Essex, UK

March 2006 | 1 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Documentary research involves the use of texts and documents as source materials: government publications, newspapers, certificates, census publications, novels, film and video, paintings, personal photographs, diaries and innumerable other written, visual and pictorial sources in paper, electronic, or other `hard copy' form. Along with surveys and ethnography, documentary research is one of the three major types of social research and arguably has been the most widely used of the three throughout the history of sociology and other social sciences. It has been the principal method - indeed, sometimes the only one - for leading sociologists.

The key issues surrounding types of documents and our ability to use them as reliable sources of evidence on the social world must be considered by all who use documents in their research. The paucity of sources available until now means that this compendium will be invaluable to social researchers.

Volume One: Theory and Methods

Volume Two: Personal Documents

Volume Three: Mass Media and Cyber Documents

Volume Four: Official Statistics and Sources

Volume One: Theory and Methods in Documentary Research
John Scott
Social Research and Documentary Sources
John Scott
Assessing Documentary Sources
Louis Gottschalk
The Historian and the Historical Documents
Jennifer Platt
Evidence and Proof in Documentary Research, Part One
Some Specific Problems of Documentary Research

Jennifer Platt
Evidence and Proof in Documentary Research, Part Two
Some Shared Problems of Documentary Research

Don Slater
Analyzing Cultural Objects
Content Analysis and Semiotics

Ithiel de Sola Pool
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Content Analysis
Robert P Weber
Techniques of Content Analysis
K Krippendorf
Analytical Techniques
Rosalind Gill
Discourse Analysis
Stuart Hall
Robert D Benford and David A Snow
Framing Processes and Social Movements
An Overview and Assessment

Ken Plummer
Life Stories and the Narrative Turn
Roland Barthes
Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives
Ellen McCracken
Demystifying Cosmopolitan
Five Critical Methods

Norman Bryson
Semiology and Visual Interpretation
Volume Two: Personal Documents: Autobiographies, Letters and Photographs
Gordon W Allport
The Forms of Personal Documents
Herbert Blumer
The Use of Human Documents
William I Thomas
Comments on Blumer's Analysis
Florian Znaniecki
Comment on Blumer's Analysis
Robert Angell
The Personal Document in Sociology
Lesley A Hall
Deconstructing the Monolithic Phallus
Michael Roper
Maternal Relations
Moral Manliness and Emotional Survival in Letters Home during the First World War

Anthony P M Coxon
Something Sensational... The Sexual Diary as a Tool for Mapping Detailed Sexual Behaviour
Ken Plummer
The Modernization of Gay and Lesbian Stories
John Burnett
The Autobiography of the Working Class
Donald B Gibson
Hannah Jacobs, Frederick Douglass and the Slavery Debate
Bondage, Family and the Discourse of Domesticity

Christopher Musello
Family Photographs
Marianne Hirsch
Reframing the Human Family Romance
Stuart Hall
Reconstruction Work
Images of Post-War Black Settlement

Volume Three: Published Sources, the Mass Media and Cyber Documents
Colin Bell
Some Comments on the Use of Directories in Research on Elites, with Particular Reference to the Twentieth-Century Supplements of the DNB
Ellis Thorpe
The Taken-for-Granted Reference
An Empirical Examination

Political and Economic Planning
Distribution of Space
Jean Lee and Tan Hue Hoon
Rhetorical Vision of Men and Women Managers in Singapore
Margaret Beetham
Introduction to A Magazine of Her Own
Michael Emmison and Philip Smith
Two-Dimensional Visual Data
Images, Signs and Representations

John B Harley
Maps, Knowledge and Power
Marjorie Ferguson
Imagery and Ideology
The Cover Photographs of Traditional Women's Magazines

Judith Williamson
Signs Address Somebody
R Goldman
The Mortise and the Frame
Ellen McCracken
The Codes of Overt Advertisements
Ellen Seiter
Semiotics and Television
Robert K Merton and Paul F Lazarsfeld
Studies in Radio and Film Propaganda
Greg McLaughlin
Refugees, Migrants and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Ien Ang
Dallas and Feminism
Sherry Turkle
A Tale of Two Aesthetics
C Cheung
A Home on the Web
Presentations of Self on Personal Homepages

Volume Four: Official Reports, Administrative Records and Official Statistics
Frank Burton and Pat Carlen
Offical Discourse
Catherine Hakim
Census Reports as Documentary Evidence
The Census Commentaries, 1801-1951

Stanton Wheeler
Themes and Variants in Record-Keeping
Nick Forster
The Analysis of Company Documentation
John Scott
Method and Measurement in the Study of Property
Sally MacIntyre
Some Notes on Record-Taking and Making in an Antenatal Clinic
Catherine Hakim
Research Based on Administrative Records
Marc Berg
Practices of Reading and Writing
The Constitutive Role of the Patient Record in Medical Work

Mick Bloor
A Minor Office
The Variable and Socially Constructed Character of Death Certification in a Scottish City

Celia Davis
Making Sense of the Census in Britain and the United States
The Changing Occupational Classification and the Position of Nurses

John I Kitsuse and Aaron V Cicourel
A Note on the Uses of Official Statistics
J Maxwell Atkinson
On the Sociology of Suicide
Jack Douglas
The Sociological Analysis of Social Meanings of Suicide
Paul Wiles
Criminal Statistics and Sociological Explanations of Crime
Government Statisticians Collective
How Official Statistics Are Produced
Ann Oakley and Robin Oakley
Sexism in Official Statistics
Martin Bulmer
Why Don't Sociologists Make More Use of Official Statistics?

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ISBN: 9781412908177