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Constructing Social Research
The Unity and Diversity of Method

Third Edition


April 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
July 30, 2018

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Charles Christopher Ragin

Charles C. Ragin spent most of his youth in Texas and the southeastern United States. He attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate and received his BA degree in 1972 at the age of 19. That same year he began graduate work in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his PhD in 1975. From 1975 until 2001, he lived in the Midwest, teaching first at Indiana University and then at Northwestern University. He headed west in 2001, where he spent just over a decade at University of Arizona-Tucson. In 2012, he joined the faculty at the University of California-Irvine, where he is currently the... More About Author

Lisa M. Amoroso

Lisa M. Amoroso spent her childhood in Pittsburgh and the suburbs of Chicago. She attended Northwestern University for her BA in economics and mathematical methods in the social sciences. After working in software development and management systems, she returned to Northwestern and the Kellogg School of Management, where she completed her PhD in a joint program in sociology and organization behavior in 2003. Since leading her first seminar at Northwestern in 1997, she has been teaching in the Midwest—at Northwestern, Beloit College, Roosevelt University, and currently Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Research methods and... More About Author

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