Researching Social Life
Paul Stoneman and Nigel Gilbert breathe new energy into this classic bestselling textbook providing clear, relevant advice and extensive coverage of all the research methods you need to understand today’s society.
Packed full of examples from across the social sciences, Researching Social Life sets out all of the challenges and opportunities of interpreting and conducting research with qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.
The book follows the chronology of a typical research project, from initial conception through to the collection, management and analysis of data; it also includes material on how best to write up and disseminate your research. This pragmatic approach mirrors the reality of conducting research and allows the handpicked, internationally renowned contributors to embed real case studies from their own research in each chapter.
The student-oriented pedagogy is carefully woven throughout the book and further supported by a cutting-edge website. Key tools include:
With unparalleled breadth and depth this trusted and respected textbook is an essential guide for anyone engaging with social research.
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CHAPTER 4 CONDUCTING SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
PART II CHOOSING YOUR RESEARCH STRATEGY
CHAPTER 18 THE INTERNET AND RESEARCH METHODS
PART IV ANALYSING DATA
CHAPTER 19 CODING AND MANAGING DATA
CHAPTER 20 ANALYSING SURVEY DATA
CHAPTER 21 COMPUTER ASSISTED QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS SOFTWARE CAQDAS
CHAPTER 6 GROUNDED THEORY AND INDUCTIVE RESEARCH
CHAPTER 11 THE ETHICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
PART III COLLECTING DATA
CHAPTER 12 DESIGNING AND COLLECTING SURVEY SAMPLES
CHAPTER 14 MEASURING ATTITUDES
CHAPTER 15 QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWING
CHAPTER 23 NARRATIVE ANALYSIS
CHAPTER 25 ANALYSING VISUAL MATERIALS
PART V WRITING ABOUT SOCIAL RESEARCH AND ITS IMPACT
CHAPTER 28 THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL RESEARCH