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The Foundations of Social Research

The Foundations of Social Research
Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process

First Edition

August 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.

The March of Science

The Making of Meaning

For and against Culture

The Way of Hermeneutics

Critical Inquiry
The Marxist Heritage

Critical Inquiry
Contemporary Critics and Contemporary Critique

Re-Visioning the Man-Made World

Crisis of Confidence or Moment of Truth?


Fascinating reading, giving great insight into the research process and its historical development.

Mr Alex Fenton
Business & Informatics Research Inst, Salford University
February 10, 2016

This is an excellent resource for both undergarduate and postgraduate students alike.

Mrs Hayley McKenzie
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
September 9, 2015

This book provides an academic approach to the research methodologies underpinning research.

Mrs Alison Dawn Milner
HSCFL, South Devon College
September 1, 2015

I am still considering this book for my fall 2015 course.

Professor Kevin O'Connor
School Of Education, Univ Of Colorado-Boulder
April 5, 2015

An insightful text into research; an essential book for all involved in social research.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
March 26, 2015

Excellent in making sense of the philosophical issues underpinning research design.

Mrs Rachel Kirk
Professional Development, Great Yarmouth College
March 12, 2015

An excellent book, highly recommended for Doctoral as well as Masters students. This book is recommended for reading at the start of research to sort out the philosophical approaches to research. It is readable and challenging at the same time.

Miss Christine Hibbert
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
February 13, 2015

Core text for students wishing to undertake research in healthcare.
Well-constructed, easy to follow with appropriate chapters for research students.

Ms Amy Taylor
Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
February 6, 2015

This book is used presently, and offers the students an insight into the research philosophies and paradigms, which many texts book do not.

Dr Denis Feather
Dept. of Strategy, Marketing and Economics, Huddersfield University
February 2, 2015

An excellent resource for Social Science research

Ms Lorna Armitage
Department of Computing, Bradford University
November 24, 2014

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