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Theory and Methods in Social Research 2ed

by Bridget Somekh and Cathy Lewin SAGE Publications Ltd
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This new edition provides a scholarly and readable introduction to all the key qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods, enabling postgraduate and masters-level students and new researchers to reflect on which ones suit their needs and to receive guidance on how to find out more.

With chapters written by experienced research practitioners, this second edition has been extensively expanded and updated. There are seven completely new chapters, as well as:

- new material on literature reviews

- a new introduction to quantitative methods

- an expanded glossary

- Weblinks with free access to a wide range of peer-reviewed journal articles

- an annotated bibliography with conversational notes from authors in each chapter.

This book will act as your 'expert friend' throughout your research project, providing advice, explaining key concepts and the implications for your research design, and illustrating these with examples of real research studies.

Postgraduate and masters-level students and researchers across the social sciences

PART ONE: READING, REVIEWING AND REFLECTING Introduction Research in the Social Sciences - Bridget Somekh et al Working with Literatures - Barbara Kamler and Pat Thomson Ethical Issues in Generating Public Knowledge - Heather Piper and Helen Simons PART TWO: LISTENING, EXPLORING THE CASE AND THEORIZING Introduction Ethnography - Jo Frankham and Christina MacRae Research Diaries - Mary Louise Holly and Herbert Altrichter Case Study - Charlotte Chadderton and Harry Torrance Interviewing and Focus Groups - Rosaline SBarbour and John Schostak PART THREE: ADDRESSING ISSUES OF POWER AND RESEARCHING FOR IMPACT Introduction Feminist Methodologies - Diane Burns and Khatidja Chantler Critical Race Theory and Its Use in Social Science Research - Laurence Parker and Lorna Roberts Queer Theory / Lesbian and Gay Approaches - Gloria Filax et al Action Research - Susan Noffke and Bridget Somekh The Purpose, Practice and Politics of Sponsored Evaluations - Tineke Abma and Thomas A Schwandt PART FOUR: OBSERVING, QUERYING, INTERPRETING Introduction Grounded Theory - Juliet Corbin and Nicholas L Holt Understanding Phenomenology through Reverse Perspectives - Angie Titchen and Dawn Hobson Observation - Liz Jones and Bridget Somekh Discourse Analysis - Alison Lee and Alan Petersen Researching Online Practices - Colin Lankshear, Kevin M Leander and Michele Knobel PART FIVE: IDENTITY, COMMUNITY AND REPRESENTATION Introduction Life History and Narrative Methods - Scherto Gill and Ivor Goodson Social Semiotics and Multimodal Texts - Diane Mavers and Gunther Kress Communities of Practice - David Benzie and Bridget Somekh Activity Theory - Ines Langemeyer and Morten Nissen Researching Policy - Jill Blackmore and Hugh Lauder PART SIX: QUANTITATIVE METHODS: THEORIES AND PERSPECTIVES Introduction The Practices of Quantitative Methods - Kelvyn Jones The Positivist Paradigm in Contemporary Social Research: The Interface of Psychology, Method and Sociocultural Theory - Charles Crook and Dean Garratt Understanding and Describing Quantitative Data - Cathy Lewin Differences and Relationships in Quantitative Data - Sally Barnes and Cathy Lewin An Introduction to Statistical Modelling - Kelvyn Jones PART SEVEN: QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN ACTION Introduction Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Social Inquiry - Jennifer C Greene, Holly Kreider and Ellen Mayer Random Reflections on Modelling, Geography and Voting - Kelvyn Jones Methodological Issues in International Comparative Assessments of Educational Progress - W J Pelgrum Evaluating Literacy Advance in the Early Years of School - John Ainley Working Backwards: The Road Less Travelled in Quantitative Methodology - Brian Doig PART EIGHT: RESEARCHING IN POSTMODERN CONTEXTS Introduction Deconstruction - Erica Burman and Maggie Maclure From Hermeneutics to Post-Structuralism to Psychoanalysis - Tony Brown and Daniel Heggs From Structuralism to Post-Structuralism - Lee Miller, Joanne 'Bob' Whalley and Ian Stronach Feminism/Post-Structuralism - Bronwen Davies and Suzanne Gannon

Praise for the first edition:

'Not merely a how-to book, it reviews the conceptual framework of research methods in the social and behavioural sciences and provides tangible stories from the field that illustrate the application of specific techniques and the process of conducting research. . . . This work affords a concise overview of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the social science. . . . Highly recommended' - R.V. Labaree

University of Southern California, CHOICE

Bridget Somekh is based at Manchester Metropolitan University as well as University of Canterbury New Zealand. Cathy Lewin is based at Manchester Metropolitan University.