Researching Society and Culture

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Clive Seale
SAGE, Dec 19, 2011 - Social Science - 656 pages

Clear, coherent and trusted this book is the perfect guide to the main social research methods in use today.

The much anticipated third edition of Clive Seale's bestselling title further expands its coverage to provide an authoritative introduction to all of the social research methods used to analyze qualitative and quantitative data. Written by internationally renowned experts, every chapter is packed with real world examples, student-friendly learning aids and helpful practical tips.

Highlights of this edition include:

- New chapters covering: research design, sampling, structured data collection, preparing data for statistical analysis, coding and analysing qualitative data, narrative analysis and interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), giving oral presentations, writing a research report and content and comparative keyword analysis

- A much expanded glossary now boasting more than 500 definitions

- A re-modelled and expanded website containing lecturer PowerPoint slides, extra chapters not included in the book and downloadable journal articles

- Revised student exercises, workshops, review questions and key words

An invaluable, practical resource this book is an essential companion for every undergraduate and postgraduate student starting a methods course or social research project.

 

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Contents

4 RESEARCH AND POLICY
45
5 ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESEARCH
58
6 DOING A LITERATURE REVIEW
77
7 RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND PROPOSALS
97
8 RESEARCH DESIGN
118
9 SAMPLING
134
10 DOING A DISSERTATION
153
Part 2 Doing Research
179
21 CODING AND ANALYSING QUALITATIVE DATA
366
22 GENERATING GROUNDED THEORY
393
23 DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
405
24 ANALYSING CONVERSATION
424
25 NARRATIVE ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
441
26 CONTENT AND COMPARATIVE KEYWORD ANALYSIS
459
27 COMBINING QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS
479
Part 3 Writing Presenting Reflecting
495

INTERVIEWS QUESTIONNAIRES AND OBSERVATION
181
12 QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWING
206
13 FOCUS GROUPS
227
14 DOING ETHNOGRAPHY
245
15 DOING HISTORICAL AND DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH
263
16 VISUAL ANALYSIS
283
17 SECONDARY ANALYSIS AND OFFICIAL STATISTICS
302
18 PREPARING DATA FOR STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
317
FROM ONE TO TWO VARIABLES
328
CAUSAL ARGUMENTS AND MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
349
28 WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT
497
29 GIVING ORAL PRESENTATIONS
518
30 VALIDITY RELIABILITY AND THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH
528
31 WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
544
GLOSSARY
555
REFERENCES
605
NAME INDEX
626
SUBJECT INDEX
628
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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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