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The SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods

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April 2014 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Social research is a bourgeoning field. Of course it has many traditions and approaches, but there is a high premium upon thinking differently and thinking anew because social life is never static or wholly predictable.

The Handbook, edited by internationally recognized scholars, provides a comprehensive, pitch-perfect critical assessment of the field. The main features of the Handbook are:

  • Clear organization into 4 parts dealing with The Social Context of Research; Design and Data Collection; Integrating The Analysis of New Data Types; Sampling, Inference and Measurement
  • Clear, cutting edge chapters on Objectivity; Causation; Organizing Social Research; Correspondence Analysis; Grounded Theory; Conversational Surveys; Mixed Methods; Meta-Analysis; Optimal Matching Analysis; GIS Analysis; Quantitative Narrative Analysis; Longitudinal Studies; SEM; MLM; Qualitative Comparative Analysis; Respondent Driven Sampling
  • Brings together a glittering assembly of the key figures working in the field of research methods
  • Demonstrates the continuities and productive tensions between classical traditions and real world research.

The result is a superbly organized text which will be required reading for anyone interested in the routes and future of social research. It is an unparalleled teaching resource and a 'must have' for serious social researchers.

 
PART ONE: THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF RESEARCH
Malcolm Williams and W Paul Vogt
Introduction
Martyn Hammersley
Objectivity: A Reconceptualization
Geoff Payne
Setting Up Sociological Research
Gayle Letherby
Feminist Methodology
David Byrne
What Is an Effect? Coming at Causality Backwards
 
PART TWO: DESIGN AND DATA COLLECTION
Malcolm Williams and W Paul Vogt
Introduction
Emma Uprichard
Narratives of the Future: Complexity, Time and Temporality
Wendy Dyer
Mapping Pathways
Ian Rees-Jones
Correspondence Analysis: A Case for Methodological Pluralism?
Charles C Ragin and Garrett Andrew Schneider
Case-Oriented Theory-Building and Theory-Testing
Mike Thelwall
Investigating Human Communication and Language from Traces Left on the Web
Anthony J Onwuegbuzie, Nancy L Leech and Kathleen M T Collins
Innovative Qualitative Data-Collection Techniques for Conducting Literature Reviews/Research Syntheses
Antony Bryant and Kathy Charmaz
Grounded Theory
Giampietro Gobo
Back to Likert: Towards the Conversational Survey
John H Hitchcock and Bonnie K Nastasi
Mixed Methods for Construct Validation
Rosalind Edwards and Claire Alexander
Researching with Peer/Community Researchers: Ambivalences and Tensions
W Paul Vogt et al
Innovations in Program Evaluation: Comparative Case Studies as an Alternative to RCTs
 
PART THREE: INTEGRATING THE ANALYSIS OF NEW DATA TYPES
W. Paul Vogt and Malcolm Williams
Introduction
Ariel M Aloe and Betsy Jane Becker
Advances in Combining Regression Results in Meta-Analysis
Anthony J Onwuegbuzie, Nancy L Leech and Kathleen M T Collins
Toward a New Era for Conducting Mixed Analyses: The Role of Quantitative Dominant and Qualitative Dominant Cross-Over Mixed Analyses
Peter Martin and Richard D Wiggins
Optimal Matching Analysis
Roberto Franzosi
Quantitative Narrative Analysis
Ivano Bison
Lexicographic Index: A New Measurement of Resemblance among Sequences
Elizabeth Griffiths
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis
 
PART FOUR: SAMPLING, INFERENCE AND MEASUREMENT
W Paul Vogt and Malcolm Williams
Introduction
Cyprian Wejnert and Douglas Heckathorn
Respondent-Driven Sampling: Operational Procedures, Evolution of Estimators and Topics for Future Research
James Carpenter and Ian Plewis
Analyzing Longitudinal Studies with Non-Response: Issues and Statistical Methods
Donald B Rubin
Statistical Inference for Causal Effects, with Emphasis on Applications in Psychometrics and Education
Susan E Embretson and Heather H. McIntyre
Automatic Item Generation: An Innovation for Developing Complex Cognitive Tests
Rex B Kline
Convergence of Structural Equation Modeling and Multilevel Modeling
Keenan Pituch and Laura Stapleton
Hierarchical Linear and Structural Equation Modeling Approaches to Mediation Analysis in Randomized Field Experiments

This book speaks to researchers across the social sciences, irrespective of their methodological persuasion. It brings fresh new perspectives to some of the core concerns of social science research methods; it challenges conventions and accepted wisdoms and provides pointers to an exciting future.
The editors have produced a collection of papers that bring together some of the most original and innovative thinking about research methods. The chapters run the gamut of the research process whilst moving seamlessly across methodological boundaries.
The book provides new ways of thinking about research and new ways of doing research, providing the reader with valuable pointers to their own research.

Angela Dale
University of Manchester

This is a wonderful collection of interesting, novel and practically useful discussions of a wide variety of methodological topics in the social sciences.

Harold Kincaid
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Very good reader for those commencing research at an MA level. Excellent overview of social research methods, clearly laid out and easy to navigate.

Ms Angie Boyle
Soc Wrk & Applied Behaviour (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
May 17, 2016

for MSc students this may be a good to provide them with some underpinning. if they are ready to take this on

Ms Jennifer Parr
Nuffield Ctr for Int'l Health & Dev, Leeds University
June 17, 2015

this is too complex for our BSc's. It is more useful for the MSc - I have submitted feedback for that course

Ms Jennifer Parr
Nuffield Ctr for Int'l Health & Dev, Leeds University
June 17, 2015

Fantastic resource for students who are thinking about methodological considerations

Dr Adam Dennett
Dept of Transport and Logistics, Huddersfield University
April 21, 2015

This book can be very useful at dissertation stage for our students at Master's level. Great for establishing sound methods

Dr Margaret Mangion
Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta
October 21, 2014

This more than 600 pages volume is a distinguished state of the art documentation of social science research. The offered discussions are relevant to both - experienced scholars as well as students and young researchers. It integrates the history of famous and well known approches like Grounded Theory or Case Study Research and many more, but reflects these against the background of innovation in methodological pluralism and technological/software innovations in cata assessment and options for interpretation. On consultation with social researchers in the international landscape of social science research the volume covers a vast range of research perspectives with special attention to the 'positioning' of the researcher and the subsequent development of a reflexivity of method. The volume is a true 'handbook', which serves both - lecturers and students and can only be evaluated as highly recommendable!

Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr.
Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn
June 23, 2014

It is a grat volume to enhance the methodology competence of my students.

Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr.
Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn
February 16, 2014

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