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A Critical Introduction to Social Research

A Critical Introduction to Social Research

Second Edition

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Social Research Methods

September 2010 | 368 pages | SAGE South Asia
A Critical Introduction to Social Research is the new, updated and improved edition of A Short Introduction to Social Research. This book introduces students and researchers to the key ideas and issues that inform research practice. In it, Henn, Weinstein and Foard provide a clear and easy-to-understand route-map to help the reader plan their research project from beginning to end.


A Critical Introduction is perfect for use on introductory methods courses and is also an invaluable guide for the first time researcher embarking on their own small-scale research project.


This new second edition now features updated chapters which reflect recent debates and developments in the field, including:


- New coverage of emancipatory and feminist approaches;

- Comparative research methods, evaluation research, and action research;

- Online research;

- Glossary of key terms;

- Revised further reading sections at the end of each chapter which include peer-reviewed research articles.


This book aims to prepare students and new researchers for their research project. Brilliantly written throughout, this is your essential guide to the theory of research, the practice of research and the best ways to plan and manage your research.

What is Social Research?
Critical Social Research
Getting Started in Research: The Research Process
Ethics in Social Research
Documentary Sources, Official Statistics and Secondary Data
Quantitative Approaches in Social Science Research
Qualitative Approaches in Social Research
The Analysis of Data
Writing Up and Presenting Research Results
Designing a Research Proposal

Praise for the first edition:

'Henn et al mention in their introduction that their book has been "a long time in coming". The good news is that it has been time well spent'

The Times Higher Education

Matt Henn

Mark Weinstein

Nick Foard

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ISBN: 9788132105787