Understanding Social Research
Thinking Creatively about Method
- Jennifer Mason - University of Manchester, UK
- Angela Dale - University of Manchester, UK
Social Research Methods | Sociological Research Methods
Social Researching brings together a wide variety of research methods - both qualitative and quantitative - to help students and researchers to consider the relative benefits of adopting different approaches for their own research work.
The authors clearly identify the most appropriate methods for different research questions and also highlight areas where it might be fruitful to compliment different methods with each other or exploit creative tensions between them. The book is therefore a highly practical guide which also seeks to draw readers outside their methodological comfort zones.
This book includes:
- Critical coverage of issues in research design;
- Expert experience in many methodological fields;
- An overview of the many different ways to approach similar research problems;
- Coverage of the tensions between different methodological approaches;
- Examples of excellence in research design and practice;
- An examination of how to turn methodological tensions into richer research practice.
The methods covered include highly innovative, 'cutting-edge' approaches and they are demonstrated in terms of their transferability between the different social sciences. This inter-disciplinary approach is complimented by a wide range of strategically chosen examples which demonstrate the authors' pragmatic and creative take on research design.
Nice broad coverage of social science methods
Excellent approach for student learning.
Good overview of method.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Creative Tensions in Social Research: Questions of Methods