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Researching Social Life

Third Edition
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576 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of Nigel Gilbert's hugely successful Researching Social Life covers the whole range of methods from quantitative to qualitative in a down-to-earth and unthreatening manner.

Internationally-renowned experts in the field have thoroughly expanded and updated this edition with new chapters and additional material on: mixed methods, participative action research, virtual methods, grounded theory, narrative analysis, searching for and reviewing literature, and refining the research question.

Worked examples, case studies, discussion questions, project ideas and checklists are included throughout the book to help those new to research to engage with the material.

Researching Social Life follows the `life cycle' of a typical research project, from initial conception through to eventual publication. Its breadth and depth of coverage make this an indispensable companion for students on social research methods courses in any discipline.

Geoff Cooper
Conceptualizing Social Life
Nigel Gilbert
Research, Theory and Method
 
PART ONE: BEGINNINGS
Nicola Green
Formulating and Refining a Research Question
Mary Ebeling and Julie Lamb
Searching and Reviewing Literature
Paul Hodkinson
Grounded Theory and Inductive Research
Christina Silver
Participatory Approaches to Social Research
Victoria D Alexander et al
Mixed Methods
Martin Bulmer
The Ethics of Social Research
 
PART TWO: INTO THE FIELD
Patrick Sturgis
Designing Samples
Rosemarie Simmons
Questionnaires
Mike Procter
Measuring Attitudes
Ann Cronin
Focus Groups
Nigel Fielding and Hilary Thomas
Qualitative Interviewing
Nigel Fielding
Ethnography
Keith McDonald
Using Documents
Christine Hine
The Internet and Research Methods
 
PART THREE: BACK HOME
Jane Fielding
Coding and Managing Data
Mike Procter
Analyzing Survey Data
Nick Allum and Sara Arber
Secondary Analysis of Survey Data
Ann Lewins
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS)
Sarah Earthy and Ann Cronin
Narrative Analysis
Robin Wooffitt
Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis
Victoria D Alexander
Analyzing Visual Materials
 
PART FOUR: ENDINGS
Nigel Gilbert
Writing about Social Research

One of the best social science research methods book for UG students. Provides detailed elaboration for a number of techniques which is ideal for an essential text for resarch methods course.

Dr Palash Kamruzzaman
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 6, 2012

Useful book.

Dr Henry Yeomans
School of Law, Leeds University
August 31, 2012

While this book isn't perfect - some other books are more captivating or entertaining - it is clear, of a consistently high quality, and wide-ranging, which makes it very useful as a course textbook for undergraduates.

Mr Ben Baumberg
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent
August 29, 2012

Throrough, informed and accessible.

Dr Henry Yeomans
School of Law, Leeds University
August 20, 2012

A well structured and easy to follow text.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
July 23, 2012

The book is a splendid aide to my seminar classes.

Dr Michael McManus
Sociology , Durham University
July 13, 2012

Excellent introductory text used with non-native speakers of English. Clear, concise and very engaging.

Dr Stephen Carney
Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University
June 1, 2012

I'll be using this a key text for our students this autumn. Great book!

Kate Bradley
Social Policy, Sociology & Social Rsch, University of Kent
May 11, 2012

This is a really attractive looking book which is important for students who are reluctant researchers. I welcome the new areas covered, particularly Mixed Methods which seems to be growing in its use in my field of youth and community work. It is a useful general text to recommend to students who want to be able to use one book to cover most topics. Helpful approach to data analysis which is one of the hardest areas for inexperienced researchers to grasp.

Dr Sally Nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
January 19, 2012

Chapter 3 chosen as essential reading in the methods course.

Mr Arve Mathisen
Master degree programme, Rudolf Steiner University College
December 19, 2011

Nigel Gilbert

Nigel Gilbert is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England. He is the author or editor of 34 books and many academic papers and was the founding editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. His current research focuses on the application of agent-based models to understanding social and economic phenomena, especially the emergence of norms, culture, and innovation. He obtained a doctorate in the sociology of scientific knowledge in 1974 from the University of Cambridge and has subsequently taught at the universities of York and Surrey in England. He is one of the pioneers in the field of... More About Author