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New Approaches in Social Research

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October 2003 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This groundbreaking book explores the implications of postmodernist ideas within the research context. The text relates debates in postmodernism directly to current thinking and practice in both qualitative and quantitative research. The engaging book is split into two parts:

Part One offers a critical discussion of recent philosophical debates and emerging trends within the field of postmodernism, while Part Two breaks down the research process into its constituent parts and reflects on the changing aspects of postmodern thought and their implications for the researcher.

This timely and thought-provoking textbook will engage directly with the relationship between postmodern theory within a research context. The book's practical approach is strengthened by the inclusion of student friendly features, including a glossary and a number of illustrative examples and case studies. Its interdisciplinary approach means it will be invaluable reading for postgraduate students and researchers across the social sciences.

 
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHICAL CHANGES
 
Modernity to Modernism
 
Postmodernity and Postmodernism
 
Structuralism and Poststructuralism
 
PART TWO: THE IMPACT OF POSTMODERNISM, POSTSTRUCTURALISM, COMPLEXITY AND CHAOS ON SOCIAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
 
Research Design
 
The Position of the Researcher
 
The Researcher, the Research Participants and the Reader
 
Data Presentation and Re-presentation
 
A Postmodern Piece of Research
 
Continuums and Continuities

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Carol Grbich

Professor Dr. Carol Grbich, is a Medical Sociologist and Professor in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia. Her previous appointments were in the School of Behavioural Health Sciences at LaTrobe University and in the School of Education at Monash University. She is the foundation editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and is an experienced researcher being the author of Health in Australia: Sociological concepts and issues now in its 3rd edition and a standard text in 19 Australian Universities. She has written three books on qualitative research: Qualitative Research in Health: An... More About Author

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