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



© 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.
 
Introduction
 
Positivism
The March of Science  
 
Constructionism
The Making of Meaning  
 
Interpretivism
For and against Culture  
 
Interpretivism
The Way of Hermeneutics  
 
Critical Inquiry
The Marxist Heritage  
 
Critical Inquiry
Contemporary Critics and Contemporary Critique  
 
Feminism
Re-Visioning the Man-Made World  
 
Postmodernism
Crisis of Confidence or Moment of Truth?  
 
Conclusion

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.


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

Mr Alex Fenton
Business & Informatics Research Inst, Salford University
January 3, 2016

I have come across no less than two dozen text books relating to research foundations and research designs; however, this is by far, one of the best books I have come across on research methods and methodology. The first interesting feature about this book is that It explains various terms and issues relating to the foundation of research in social sciences in plain English which other textbooks may lack. It is truly a great textbook for anyone involved in qualitative research and wanting to understand theoretical underpinnings of research in more details. The chapters have smooth transitions and the book as a whole is also well written. It does not have that complications or dryness you may experience with other text books on similar areas of research. It is an intriguing book in that it opens up many horizons and challenges you to think about the elements of your research and research design. For students who are about to embark on their exploration of their methodology and research paradigms, this is the book to read!

Mr Hussam Rajab
English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University
July 29, 2016

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

Mrs Hayley McKenzie
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
December 8, 2015

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

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

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