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Social Research
Theory, Methods and Techniques

First Edition


April 2003 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is an impressively detailed, clearly written book.... It is a book that I would like students to read' - Clive Seale, Goldsmiths College, London

Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques presents an understanding of social research practice through appreciation of its foundations and methods. Stretching from the philosophy of science to detailed descriptions of both qualitative and quantitative techniques, it illustrates not only `how' to do social research, but also `why' particular techniques are used today.

The book is divided into three parts:

Part One: Illustrates the two basic paradigms - quantitative and qualitative - of social research, describing their origins in philosophical thought and outlining their current interpretations.

Part Two: Devoted to quantitative research, and discusses the relationship between theory and research practice. It also presents a discussion of key quantitative research techniques.

Part Three: Examines qualitative research. Topics range from classical qualitative techniques such as participant observation, to more recent developments such as ethnomethodological studies.

Overall, the author offers an engaging contribution to the field of social research and this book is a reminder of the solid foundations upon which most social research is conducted today. As a consequence it will be required reading for students throughout the social sciences, and at various levels.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE LOGIC OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
 
Paradigms of Social Research
 
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
 
PART TWO: QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES
 
From Theory to Empirical Research
 
Causality and Experimentation
 
The Survey
 
Scaling
 
Official Statistics
 
Sampling
 
PART THREE: QUALITATIVE TECHNIQUES
 
Participant Observation
 
The Qualitative Interview
 
The Use of Documents

The book offers a clear overview of the different techniques applied to social research. In particular, the ongoing parallel between quantitative and qualitative methods enables students to have a better understanding of the cardinal issues involved in the two mainstreams. It maintains a sociological perspective that may not always fit the "social psychology" modules.

Dr Anna Zoli
Faculty of psychology , Warsaw School of Social Psychology
January 16, 2015

A great resource for students thinking about their social research methodology.

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

Particularly useful for undergraduate study and have recommended as general text for dissertation modules.

Mr William McGovern
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
December 22, 2011

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Piergiorgio Corbetta

Born in Milan, 11, January, 1941.Full professor of Methodology of Social Research in the Department of Sciences of Education, University of Bologna.Main research interests include methodology of social research, statistics applied to social research, political participation and electoral studies More About Author

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