Researching Society and Culture

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Clive Seale
SAGE, 2004 - Education - 536 pages
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This is the second and comprehensively revised and greatly expanded edition of the best selling book on methods and methodology written by members or associates of the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

All of the acknowledged strengths of the first edition have been retained and improved. There are completely new chapters covering audio recordings, the Internet, visual materials, focus groups, grounded theory, combining qualitative and quantitative methods, using data archives for statistical analysis, doing a dissertation, ethics, doing a literature review and more. A brand new section 3 provides case studies.

In addition, this volume comes with:

- Comprehensive bullet points and text boxes to facilitate study

- A glossary of key terms

- Web pointers in most chapter, to indicate relevant internet resources

- A guide to further reading

- A list of Key Terms at the end of each chapter

- An associated web site with regularly updated live links to pointers, workshop and discussion exercises at www.rscbook.co.uk

 

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the best book so far. by including the companion websites and references that can be easily accessed, the book can be expanded extensively. language is lucid and concepts are clear. except for chapter 20, all other chapters are illuminating. A must read for the researchers.

Contents

4
35
CONTENTS
48
Research and social theory
49
CONTENTS
60
Validity reliability and the quality of research
71
7
72
8
86
History of social statistics and the social survey
96
Generating grounded theory
240
Generating grounded theory
241
Overreliance on coding?
246
CONTENTS
266
Using visual materials
267
Using the Internet
280
Combining qualitative and quantitative methods
293
Clive Seale
305

9
100
Conclusion
113
CONTENTS
116
Ethics and social research
117
Vulnerable groups
123
Doing a literature review
146
Doing a literature review
147
Ordering of combined searches
152
Writing and citing references in your personal bibliographic database
158
13
164
Doing social surveys
165
Question Wording
172
Qualitative interviewing
179
Using focus groups
193
CONTENTS
208
Making and managing audio recordings
209
Choosing and practising with your recording equipment
214
Setting up recording volumes
220
17
226
Doing ethnography
227
Field relations and observation
232
24
324
from one to two variables
325
Conclusion
338
causal arguments and multivariate analysis
341
CONTENTS
342
26
356
27
368
Analysing conversation
383
CONTENTS
398
Reading and writing research
399
30
410
The structure of the dissertation
423
When things go wrong
432
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444
an ethnographic case study
453
Clive Seale
463
Assembled and edited by Thomas Zacharias
477
Glossary
505
Index
529
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