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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

Good coverage of research methods

Dr Angela Julie Sorsby
School of Law, Sheffield University
July 6, 2015

This is an essential reading for students taking first and second year research method courses. It is easy to follow with a lot of practical examples.

Dr Neli Demireva
Department of Sociology, Essex University
March 24, 2015

This is an essential text for undergraduate students undertaking research methods modules. It discusses methods in an accessible and practical manner.

Dr Lisa Sugiura
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Southampton University
March 10, 2015

Valuable and accessible. Essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate students

Dr Robin Mann
School of Social Sciences, Bangor University
February 16, 2014

Clearly laid out and easy to understand guide on researching the social world.

Ms Helen Hewertson
Centre for Research Informed Teaching, University of Central Lancashire
June 20, 2013

A very helpful book that is now part of our essentail reading material for our programmes.

Ms Jill Davey
Health & Social Care, Bournemouth Univesity
June 10, 2013

This is a very accessible book that provides a thorough summary of a range of approaches to researching social life. I particularly valued the sections focusing on qualitative and participatory approaches to undertaking research: lots of food for thought in terms of doing this differently here.

Ms Angela Hilton
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
April 7, 2013

This book is very user friendly and does an impressive job of synthesising all information together. It is very clearly written and accessible to readers from diverse backgrounds.

Dr Mahwish Hayee
Health Studies, University of East London
February 28, 2013

The range of information and case studies, along with updates makes this a very useful addition to any researchers who need a 'how to' guide

Mr David Atkinson
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
February 13, 2013

This is a good book which covers the essentials including mixed method approaches and will appeal to under graduate students new to research and data analysis.

Mrs Deborah Haydock
community & child health, Chester University
December 18, 2012

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

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