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Social Research
Philosophy, Politics and Practice

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December 1992 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This critical introduction to the principles of social and educational research draws together a key set of readings which offers a comprehensive approach to the wide range of values and practice in social research. Issues explored include: the relationship between quantitative and qualitative methods; positivism and the role of the natural sciences as a model for social research; the purposes of research - knowledge or the transformation of the social world; issues of race, gender and power in social research; the politics and ethics of data collection; and the validity and relevance of social research.

Social Research is a set book for The Open University course DEH313 Principles of Social and Educational Research.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHY
Leszek Kolakowski
An Overall View of Positivism
G H von Wright
Two Traditions
Karen L Henwood and Nick F Pidgeon
Qualitative Research and Psychological Theorizing
Brian Fay
The Elements of Critical Social Science
Victor Jupp and Clive Norris
Traditions in Documentary Analysis
 
PART TWO: POLITICS
Rodolfo Stavenhagen
Decolonializing Applied Social Sciences
Maria Mies
Towards a Methodology for Feminist Research
Elim Papadakis
Intervention in New Social Movements
Barry MacDonald
A Political Classification of Evaluation Studies in Education
Toby Epstein Jayaratne
The Value of Quantitative Methodology for Feminist Research
Waqar I U Ahmad and Trevor A Sheldon
`Race' and Statistics
 
PART THREE: PRACTICE
Catherine Hakim
Research Analysis of Administrative Records
Government Statisticians' Collective
How Official Statistics are Produced
Views from the Inside

 
Janet Finch
`It's Great to Have Someone to Talk to'
Ethics and Politics of Interviewing Women

 
Maurice Punch
Observation and the Police
The Research Experience

 
Janet Ward Schofield
Increasing the Generalizability of Qualitative Research
N L Gage
The Obviousness of Social and Educational Research Results

`An important guide to current issues and debates in social research. Martyn Hammersley has assembled a useful range of source material for the beginning student' - Robert Burgess, University of Warwick

`All the readings are clear and incisive and have been well chosen as exemplars of a particular tradition or type of critique. Since they can be studied individually as well as collectively, this book will be invaluable for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate methods courses' - Journal of Social Policy

`Between them, the papers included in this book cover an impressive range of issues central to social research. The editor has succeeded in pulling together papers from a wide range of sources... and making them available in an easily-accessible form. The book could serve as a useful introduction to the field for undergraduate students, or as eye-opening background reading for research practitioners who have not had formal training in the philosophy of social investigation.' - ESRC Data Archive Bulletin

`The book accomplishes its purpose of illuminating the 'profound differences in approach' and should help the users of social research as well as practitioners.' - Educational Research


This offers some useful insights for undergraduates, new to the research process. This useful examples that will allow them to appreciate social research.

Mr Hu Clarke
Counselling, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
August 27, 2012

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