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Social Research Methods
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches

Third Edition


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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