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Social Research Methods

Social Research Methods
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches

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October 2019 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Part I: Researching Society
Chapter 1: How and why we study society
Chapter 2: Methods and methodologies in social science
Chapter 3: The ethics and politics of research
Part II: Designing Social Research
Chapter 4: Creating research questions
Chapter 5: Doing a literature review
Chapter 6: Choosing a research design
Chapter 7: Finding sources and data
Chapter 8: Sampling
Part III: Data Collection and Data Quality
Chapter 9: Ethnography and participant observation
Chapter 10: Unstructured interviews and focus groups
Chapter 11: Documentary sources and qualitative content analysis
Chapter 12: Structured observation
Chapter 13: Questionnaires and surveys
Chapter 14: Quantitative content analysis
Chapter 15: Data quality, reliability and validity
Part IV: Data Analysis
Chapter 16: Analysis of qualitative data
Chapter 17: Indexes and distributions
Chapter 18: Relationships between variables
Chapter 19: Statistical generalization
Chapter 20: Mixed methods and combining data
Part V: Asking and Answering Questions in Social Science
Chapter 21: Description, explanation and understanding
Chapter 22: Time, space and level
Chapter 23: Relations, networks and structures
Chapter 24: Big data and computational social science
Part VI: Writing and Presenting Research
Chapter 25: Working with data visualization
Chapter 26: Writing about research

A thorough and lucid account of mixed methods approaches to exploring the social world, and an admirably practical guide for new and developing researchers.

Huw Davies
University of St Andrews

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