Studying Society

Sociological Theories and Research Practices
Author: Philip Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: N.A
Category: Sociology
Page: 182
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Sociological Research Methods


Author: Martin Bulmer
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412834681
Category: Social Science
Page: 351
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A rich source of ideas about sociological research methods to assist the researcher in determining what method will provide the most reliable and useful knowledge, how to choose between different methodologies, and what constitutes the most fruitful relationship between sociological theories and research methods.

Social Theory in the Real World


Author: Steven Miles
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0857022156
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
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Social Theory in the Real World is concerned with illustrating the practical benefits of social theory. Many students find it hard to relate the real insights provided by social theory to their real life experiences, and many lecturers struggle to demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life. This book offers an accessible, non-patronizing solution to the problem, demonstrating that social theory need not be remote and obscure, but if used in imaginative ways, it can be indispensable in challenging our common sense perceptions and understandings. The book identifies the key themes of contemporary social theory: mass society, postindustrialism, consumerism, postmodernism, McDonaldization, risk and globalization, and uses the insights of both classical and contemporary theorists of social change to highlight the potential of imaginative theorizing.

A Critical Introduction to Social Research


Author: Matt Henn,Mark Weinstein,Nick Foard
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446203581
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
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A Critical Introduction to Social Research is the new, updated and improved edition of A Short Introduction to Social Research. This book introduces students and researchers to the key ideas and issues that inform research practice. In it, Henn, Weinstein and Foard provide a clear and easy-to-understand route-map to help the reader plan their research project from beginning to end. A Critical Introduction is perfect for use on introductory methods courses and is also an invaluable guide for the first time researcher embarking on their own small-scale research project. This new second edition now features updated chapters which reflect recent debates and developments in the field, including: - New coverage of emancipatory and feminist approaches; - Comparative research methods, evaluation research, and action research; - Online research; - Glossary of key terms; - Revised further reading sections at the end of each chapter which include peer-reviewed research articles. This book aims to prepare students and new researchers for their research project. Brilliantly written throughout, this is your essential guide to the theory of research, the practice of research and the best ways to plan and manage your research.

Social Research

Issues, Methods and Research
Author: May, Tim
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335235670
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Sociology & anthropology.

A Short Introduction to Social Research


Author: Dr Matt Henn,Dr Mark Weinstein,Mr Nick Foard
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1848604831
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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This book introduces students and researchers to the key ideas and issues that inform research practice. Authors Matt Henn, Mark Weinstein, and Nick Foard provide a clear and easy-to-understand roadmap to help the reader plan their research project from beginning to end. This book is perfect for use on introductory methods courses and is also an invaluable guide for the first time researcher embarking on their own small-scale research project. It is the intention of this book to prepare students and new researchers for their research project. Brilliantly written throughout, this is your essential guide to the theory of research, the practice of research and the best ways to plan and manage your research.

Sociology in Perspective


Author: Mark Kirby
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 9780435331603
Category: Sociology
Page: 831
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This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.

Researching Beneath the Surface

Psycho-social Research Methods in Practice
Author: Simon Clarke,Paul Hoggett
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 1855756188
Category: Psychology
Page: 274
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"This book offers an overview of the rapidly expanding field of psycho-social research. Drawing on aspects of discourse psychology, continental philosophy and anthropological and neuro-scientific understandings of the emotions, psycho-social studies has emerged as an embryonic new paradigm in the human sciences. Psycho-social studies uses psychoanalytic concepts and principles to illuminate core issues within the social sciences." --Book Jacket.

Creative Social Research

Rethinking Theories and Methods
Author: Ananta Kumar Giri
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739107836
Category: Social Science
Page: 367
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Creative Social Research calls for a fundamental reconceptualization and transformation of contemporary research methods in the social sciences. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines and geographies establish the ways in which the traditions of non-Western societies and contemporary global developments can be incorporated into current social science discourse, greatly enriching it beyond most of the existing paradigms and approaches. Creative Social Research sheds new light on social theory and calls for a new articulation of the practice and ideal of understanding at the levels of self, culture, and society.

Studying Society

The Essentials
Author: Karen Evans,Dave King
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113425539X
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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This introductory text combines study skills and research methods to provide students with an invaluable guide to the techniques, practical skills and methods of study that will enable them to achieve success in their academic courses and become effective 'students of society'. It covers key topics such as: asking questions – how to formulate questions and think about essay and exam questions looking for answers – the strengths and limitations of different information sources collecting and organizing information – how to get the best from indexes, contents pages and electronic search engines evaluating the authority, currency and validity of the information collected communicating through essays, reports and oral presentations. Throughout the book there is an emphasis on applying the problems and solutions presented, to ‘real world’ issues, including the use of examples and exercises immediately relevant to the undergraduate experience, everyday life and the contemporary concepts studied by the social scientist. Coherent and up-to-date, this text will be an invaluable learning tool for students of any discipline involving the study of human beings and their societies.

The Study of Society (RLE Social Theory)

Methods and Problems
Author: F.C. Bartlett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317650611
Category: Social Science
Page: 510
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There is today widespread recognition of the fact that the future of human civilization depends to a high degree upon Man’s capacity to understand the forces and factors which control his own behaviour. Such understanding must be achieved, not only as regards individual conduct, but equally as regards the mass phenomena resulting from group contacts, which are becoming increasingly intimate and influential. Until this present volume, nowhere have the three sciences of sociology, psychology and social anthropology been properly mobilized to deal with the social problems which yearly grow more pressing. The essays in this book aim to address this.

Researching Society and Culture


Author: Clive Seale
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761941972
Category: Education
Page: 536
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'This new edition enhances the value of an already well established student text by widening the range of methods included for discussion and by adding further supportive learning exercises and readings.... It combines critical up-to-date theoretical debate on the value and relationship between quantitative and qualitative research approaches with practical guidance on the complex art of researching as a craft' - Eva Stina, London South Bank University This is the second and comprehensively revised and greatly expanded edition of the best selling book on methods and methodology written by members or associates of the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. All of the acknowledged strengths of the first edition have been retained and improved. There are completely new chapters covering audio recordings, the Internet, visual materials, focus groups, grounded theory, combining qualitative and quantitative methods, using data archives for statistical analysis, doing a dissertation, ethics, doing a literature review and more. A brand new section 3 provides case studies. In addition, this volume comes with: - Comprehensive bullet points and text boxes to facilitate study - A glossary of key terms - Web pointers in most chapter, to indicate relevant internet resources - A guide to further reading - A list of Key Terms at the end of each chapter - An associated web site with regularly updated live links to pointers, workshop and discussion exercises at www.rscbook.co.uk

Die unterste Milliarde

Warum die ärmsten Länder scheitern und was man dagegen tun kann
Author: Paul Collier
Publisher: Pantheon Verlag
ISBN: 3641204941
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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Der vielfach preisgekrönte Longseller jetzt in einer neuen Ausgabe Die unterste Milliarde – das sind die ärmsten Menschen der Erde, die am weltweit steigenden Wirtschaftswachstum keinen Anteil haben. Ihre Lebenserwartung ist auf fünfzig Jahre gesunken, jedes siebte Kind stirbt vor dem fünften Lebensjahr. Seit Jahrzehnten befinden sich die Ökonomien dieser Länder im freien Fall – ohne Aussicht auf Besserung. In seinem vielfach preisgekrönten Bestseller erklärt Paul Collier, wie es zu dieser krassen Armut gekommen ist und was man gegen sie tun kann.

Research Methods


Author: Patrick McNeill,Steve Chapman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415340762
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 214
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Beginnning with a brief outline of the history of sociological research, this text describes the main methods used in the field today, as well as making reference to new developments in the presentation of research findings.

Environmental Sociology

Theory and Practice
Author: Michael D. Mehta,Eric Ouellet
Publisher: Captus Press
ISBN: 9781895712803
Category: Social Science
Page: 412
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Social research

issues, methods, and process
Author: Tim May
Publisher: Open University
ISBN: 9780335190546
Category: Social Science
Page: 193
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The aim of this book is to bridge the gap between theory and methods in social research. It is written in a clear, accessible style and will equip students with an in-depth understanding of the subject. The book has been carefully designed with the reader in mind and is divided into two parts. Part 1 examines the issues and Part 2, the methods used in social research. The topics covered in Part 1 include perspectives which help students understand the aims and practice of social research - positivism, idealism, critical research and feminisms; the relationship between theory and data; and the place of values and ethics in the research process. These important issues are then directly linked to Part 2 of the book which includes chapters on official statistics, the use and design of questionnaires, the method of participant observation, successful documentary research, methods and process of interviewing, and comparative research. Each of the methods chapters follows a common structure to promote an understanding of the place, process and analysis of social research methods. Complete with questions at the end of chapters, it will enable the reader not just to engage in empirical work, but to have the confidence and ability to reflect upon research practice and be aware of the various methods available for data analysis. Whilst it is specifically designed as a complete course of study for sociology and social policy students, it will also be of value to those who wish to reconsider or clarify the relationship between current social, political and theoretical issues in general and the practice of research in particular.

Sociological Work

Method and Substance
Author: Howard Saul Becker
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780878556304
Category: Psychology
Page: 358
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The papers in this volume, including two important and previously unpublished essays on sociological method, represent most of Howard Beckers work of the past twenty years that has not appeared in book form. They reflect the way of thinking about society and how to study it that has established Professor Beckers place among the leading sociologists of our time. Th e result is an important statement of the distinctive theoretical and methodological views associated with the "Chicago School" of sociology, reflecting a deep concern with the study at first hand of the processes and human consequences of collective action and interaction. The first part of the book treats problems of method as problems of social interaction and lists a series of research problems, which require analytic attention-gaining access to research sites, choosing a theoretical framework within which to approach a group or community, avoiding error, and developing hypotheses. They also exemplify this approach by analyzing the interactional aspects of definition, proof with qualitative evidence, bias, and the value commitments of sociology. Part Two illustrates Professor Beckers approach through full reports on two of his major research projects. Part Th ree contains four theoretical statements on how people change (a sociological approach to what psychologists call "personality"), and Part Four makes important contributions to the study of deviance. The papers here ask what we can learn about American society from looking at its common forms of deviance and illustrate the need to study deviance as part of the general study of society, not as an isolated specialty.

The Sociology of Childhood


Author: William A. Corsaro
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9780761987512
Category: Social Science
Page: 359
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′The provision of many amusing examples from Corsaro′s own research experience with children make his book a thoroughly enjoyable read as well as a valuable critical sociological analysis of childhood′ - Sociology The Sociology of Childhood is the Second Edition of a text that has been universally acclaimed as the best book on the subject available today. It is the only text that thoroughly covers children and childhood from a sociological perspective. The second edition retains the same quality coverage of social theories of childhood, the consideration of children and childhood in historical and cultural perspective, children′s peer cultures from preschool through preadolescence, and the social problems of children. The book has been updated to include new research, information, and discussions on the latest social indicators regarding children in the United States and around the world. Key Features New chapter on up-to-date methods of research for studying children. New chapters on theory, cultural change, and children′s peer cultures. New section on children′s rights including a description and discussion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Updated chapter on the Future of Childhood addresses current policy debates and changing demographics related to children in today′s societies. Contains many examples of children′s actual play and behavior. Provides photographs and charts that capture the complexity and diversity of children′s lives. The Sociology of Childhood is highly recommended for use as the core text in courses on the sociology of children and childhood, as well as for parents, teachers, and other adults interested in the social lives and development of children. It can also be used in early education, child development, and child psychology courses, and as a supplemental text in the area of family studies. William A. Corsaro is the Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches courses on the sociology of childhood, childhood in contemporary society, and ethnographic research methods. Corsaro is the author of Friendship and Peer Culture in the Early Years (1985) and "We′re Friends, Right": Inside Kids′ Culture (2003). He was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bologna, Italy, in 1983-84 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, in 2003. His research has been featured on NPR, the BBC in London, and in the New Yorker.

Sociology in Our Times


Author: Diana Kendall
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495813915
Category: Social Science
Page: 768
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This best-selling comprehensive book conveys the relevance of sociology by including a timely collection of theories, research, and examples, including its signature first-person accounts that open chapters. Experiences represented in the chapter openers accurately mirror the richness and complexity of society itself while also establishing the themes that are carried throughout the chapters. The author's vivid, inviting writing style, emphasis on applications, eye for the most compelling current examples, and use of assignable photo-essays and companion video engages readers and further highlights sociology relevance to all students. Kendall's text is acclaimed in the field for being the first textbook to integrate race, class, and gender issues, and for its thorough presentation of sociological theory, including contemporary perspectives such as feminism and postmodernism. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.