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Researching Society and Culture

Fourth Edition
  • Clive Seale - University of London, UK, Brunel University, UK
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November 2017 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written by internationally renowned experts, each chapter provides a full introduction to a key aspect of research methodology. From starting out to generating, analysing, and presenting data, this new edition covers foundational concepts in social research while also keeping students on the pulse of topics like digital social research, social surveys, and big data. Packed with international examples from across the social sciences, it shows how to interpret and work with data generated from real-world research.

It gives you the tools to:

-          Design the right research question for your project

-          Access, understand, and use existing data

-          Effectively write up projects and assignments

-          Be confident in the A to Z of the research process

Supported by an interactive website with videos, datasets, templates, and additional exercises, this book is the perfect hand-holder for any social science student starting a methods course or project.

Clive Seale
Chapter 1: Introduction and guide to using this book
 
Part 1: Starting out
Clive Seale
Chapter 2: Philosophy, politics and values
David Silverman
Chapter 3: Research and theory
Suki Ali and Moira Kelly
Chapter 4: Ethics and social research
Duncan Branley, Clive Seale and Thomas Zacharias
Chapter 5: Doing a literature review
Moira Kelly
Chapter 6: Research questions and proposals
Clare Robinson and Clive Seale
Chapter 7: Research design
Chetan Bhatt
Chapter 8: The dissertation
 
Part 2: Generating data
Clive Seale
Chapter 9: Sampling
Clive Seale
Chapter 10: Questionnaires and interviews
Clive Seale
Chapter 11: Questions, measurements and structured observation
Bridget Byrne
Chapter 12: Qualitative interviewing
Fran Tonkiss
Chapter 13: Focus groups
David Walsh and Clive Seale
Chapter 14: Doing ethnography
Clive Seale
Chapter 15: Grounded theory
Ben Gidley
Chapter 16: Doing historical and documentary research
Neil Spicer
Chapter 17: Combining qualitative and quantitative methods
Clive Seale
Chapter 18: Digital Social Research
 
Part 3: Doing Analysis
Clive Seale
Chapter 19: Preparing data for statistical analysis
Clive Seale
Chapter 20: Analysing single variables
Clive Seale
Chapter 21: Bivariate analysis
Clive Seale
Chapter 22: Causal arguments and multivariate analysis
Clive Seale
Chapter 23: Secondary analysis
Clive Seale and Fran Tonkiss
Chapter 24: Content and text analysis
Carol Rivas
Chapter 25: Finding themes in qualitative data
Suki Ali
Chapter 26: Visual analysis
Fran Tonkiss
Chapter 27: Discourse analysis
Tim Rapley
Chapter 28: Analysing conversation
Ann Griffin and Vanessa May
Chapter 29: Narrative analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis
 
Part 4: Writing, Presenting, Reflecting
Carol Rivas
Chapter 30: Writing a research report
David Silverman
Chapter 31: Giving oral presentations
Clive Seale
Chapter 32: Research quality

Concise and to the point. This is a highly useful methods book for approaching and teaching research on society and culture from start to finish, between qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Robert Hafner
Geography, Innsbruck University

This brilliant book offers an authoritative exposé of all major aspects of empirical social research. The authors balance consideration for detail, necessary for hands-on research, with general methodological discussion, and show how both are necessary to achieve research excellence.

Rasmus Helles
Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen

This book has the potential to be a market leader. Seale put together a comprehensive collection of chapters that inspires students to take their classroom examination of methods out into the real world. This book moves ahead of many others by explaining concepts in a way that actively encourages students to engage with them and visualize how they can be used with actual problems. The authors address students directly on a personal level, rather than lecturing, which turns the book into the ‘story of methods’. Such an experience means that chapters on theory and ethics draw students into everyday life reassuring them that these are important topics to consider within actual research.

Grant Coates
Social Sciences, University of Roehampton

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