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The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology

The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology

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October 2007 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"An excellent guidebook through different approaches to social science measurement, including the all-important route-maps that show us how to get there."
- Roger Jowell, City University

"In this wide-ranging collection of chapters, written by acknowledged experts in their fields, Outhwaite and Turner have brought together material in one volume which will provide an extremely important platform for consideration of the full range of contemporary analytical and methodological issues."
- Charles Crothers, Auckland University of Technology

This is a jewel among methods Handbooks, bringing together a formidable collection of international contributors to comment on every aspect of the various central issues, complications and controversies in the core methodological traditions. It is designed to meet the needs of those disciplinary and nondisciplinary problem-oriented social inquirers for a comprehensive overview of the methodological literature. The text is divided into 7 sections:

  • Overviews of methodological approaches in the social sciences
  • Cases, comparisons and theory
  • Quantification and experiment
  • Rationality, complexity and collectivity
  • Interpretation, critique and postmodernity
  • Discourse construction
  • Engagement.

Edited by two leading figures in the field, the Handbook is a landmark work in the field of research methods. More than just a 'cookbook' that teaches readers how to master techniques, it will give social scientists in all disciplines an appreciation for the full range of methodological debates today, from the quantitative to the qualitative, giving them deeper and sharpen insights into their own research questions. It will generate debate, solutions and a series of questions for researchers to exploit and develop in their research and teaching.

William Outhwaite
Peter Manicas
The Social Sciences since World War II
The Rise and Fall of Scientism

Julie Thompson Klein
Interdisciplinary Approaches in Social Science Research
William Outhwaite
Jon Mitchell
Charles C Ragin
Comparative Methods
John R Hall
Historicity and Sociohistorical Research
Jennifer Platt
Case Study
Stephen Turner
David Freedman
Statistical Models for Causation
Leslie Hayduk and Hannah Pazderka-Robinson
Fighting to Understand the World Causally
Three Battles Connected to the Causal Implications of Structural Equation Models

Sandra Schneider
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Behavioral Research
On Context, Crud and Convergence

Murray Webster Jr and Jane Sell
Theory and Experimentation in Social Sciences
David Howell
The Treatment of Missing Data
Thad Dunning and David Freedman
Modeling Selection Effects
David Freedman and Ken Wachter
Methods for Census 2000 and Statistical Adjustments
Margo Anderson
Quantitative History
William Outhwaite
Donald P Green and Justin Fox
Rational Choice Theory
David Henderson
Rationality and Rationalist Approaches in the Social Sciences
Thomas Schwinn
Individual and Collective Agency
R Keith Sawyer
Simulating Complexity
Maureen O'Malley
Evolutionary Approaches in the Social Sciences
William Outhwaite
Hans-Herbert Kögler
Understanding and Interpretation
Mark J Smith and Piya Pangsapa
New Controversies in Phenomenology
Between Ethnography and Discourse

Doug Kellner and Tyson Lewis
Liberal Humanism and the European Critical Tradition
Adele Clarke
Grounded Theory
Critiques, Debates and Situational Analysis

Ben Agger
Does Postmodernism Make You Mad? Or, Did You Flunk Statistics?
Stephen Turner
Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen
Social Construction and Research Methodology
Ricca Edmondson
Rhetorics of Social Science
Sociality in Writing and Inquiry

Michael Lynch
Discourse Analysis
Stephen Turner
Michael Scriven
Evaluation Research
Susan Hekman
Feminist Methodology
Nancy Naples
Feminist Methodology and Its Discontents
Michael Root
Community Based Research
Norman Denzin and Kathryn E Ryan
Qualitative Methodology (Including Focus Groups)
John Law
Making a Mess with Method

"This timely collection maps developments and explores new territories to meet the challenges and bring about possibilities for social science inquiries."


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