Researching Society and Culture

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Clive Seale
SAGE, Nov 17, 2017 - Social Science - 664 pages
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Written by internationally renowned experts, each chapter provides a full introduction to a key aspect of research methodology. From starting out to generating, analysing, and presenting data, this new edition covers foundational concepts in social research while also keeping students on the pulse of topics like digital social research, social surveys, and big data. Packed with international examples from across the social sciences, it shows how to interpret and work with data generated from real-world research.

It gives you the tools to:

- Design the right research question for your project

- Access, understand, and use existing data

- Effectively write up projects and assignments

- Be confident in the A to Z of the research process

Supported by an interactive website with videos, datasets, templates, and additional exercises, this book is the perfect hand-holder for any social science student starting a methods course or project.


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Qualitative interviewing
Focus groups
Doing ethnography
Grounded theory
Doing historical and documentary research
Combining qualitative and quantitative methods
Digital social research
Part Three Doing Analysis 1 2 3

Doing a literature review
Research questions and proposals
Research design
The dissertation
Part 1 2 3 4 5
Questionnaires and interviews
Questions measurement and structured observation
Preparing data for statistical analysis
Analysing single variables
Bivariate analysis
Causal arguments and multivariate analysis
Secondary analysis
Content and text analysis
Finding themes in qualitative data

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Clive Seale has been Professor of Sociology (or Medical Sociology) at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary's (both University of London) and Brunel University. His work has concerned communication in health care and death in modern society. He has published extensively on research methods. His books include Constructing Death: the sociology of dying and bereavement (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Quality of Qualitative Research (Sage, 1999), Media and Health (Sage, 2003) and Gender and the Language of Illness (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010, with Jonathan Charteris-Black). Recently, he has turned to fiction, publishing a novel, Interrogating Ellie (Cloiff Books, 2015) using the pen name Julian Gray. He is currently writing another novel.

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