Researching Social Life

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Nigel Gilbert
SAGE, 17.03.2008 - 576 Seiten
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`This new edition of this excellent guide maintains the standard of the original whilst taking full account of developments in both methodological discussion and the techniques of social research. The organization of the text around the research process is a great strength of the text' - David Byrne, University of Durham

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The Third Edition of Nigel Gilbert's hugely successful Researching Social Life covers the whole range of methods from quantitative to qualitative in a down-to-earth and unthreatening manner.

Gilbert's text offers the best coverage of the full scope of research methods of any of the leading textbooks in the field, making this an essential text for any student starting a research methods course or doing a research project.

This thoroughly revised text is driven by the expertise of a writing team comprised of internationally-renowned experts in the field.

New to the Third Edition are chapters on:

- Searching and Reviewing the Literature

- Refining the Question

- Grounded Theory and Inductive Research

- Mixed Methods

- Participatory Action Research

- Virtual Methods

- Narrative Analysis

A number of useful features, such as worked examples, case studies, discussion questions, project ideas and checklists are included throughout the book to help those new to research to engage with the material.

Researching Social Life follows the 'life cycle' of a typical research project, from initial conception through to eventual publication. Its breadth and depth of coverage make this an indispensable must-have textbook for students on social research methods courses in any discipline.

 

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Inhalt

PART I Beginnings
41
3 Formulating and Refining a Research Question
43
4 Searching and Reviewing the Literature
63
5 Grounded Theory and Inductive Research
80
6 Participatory Approaches to Social Research
101
7 Mixed Methods
125
8 The Ethics of Social Research
145
Part II Into the Field
163
PART III Back Home
321
17 Coding and Managing Data
323
18 Analysing Survey Data
353
19 Secondary Analysis of Survey Data
372
20 Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis CAQDAS
394
21 Narrative Analysis
420
22 Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis
440
APPENDIX TRANSCRIPTION SYMBOLS
460

9 Designing Samples
165
10 Questionnaires
182
11 Measuring Attitudes
206
12 Focus Groups
226
13 Qualitative Interviewing
245
14 Ethnography
266
15 Using Documents
285
16 The Internet and Research Methods
304
23 Analysing Visual Materials
462
Part IV Endings
483
24 Writing about Social Research
485
GLOSSARY
504
BIBLIOGRAPHY
516
INDEX
539
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Über den Autor (2008)

Nigel Gilbert read for a first degree in Engineering, intending to go into the computer industry. However, he was lured into sociology and obtained his doctorate on the sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Michael Mulkay. His research and teaching interests have reflected his continuing interest in both sociology and computer science (and engineering more widely).

His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.

He is also Director of the University's Institute of Advanced Studies and responsible for its development as a leading centre for intellectual interchange.

He is the author or editor of several textbooks on sociological methods of research and statistics and editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

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