Researching Social Life

  • Filename: researching-social-life.
  • ISBN: 9781473944237
  • Release Date: 2015-12-15
  • Number of pages: 624
  • Author: Nigel Gilbert
  • Publisher: SAGE



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 orientated pedagogy is carefully woven throughout the book and further supported by a cutting-edge website. Key tools include: · In-depth worked examples · Case studies · Discussion questions · Checklists · Annotated further reading · Practical top tips for doing research With unparalleled breadth and depth this trusted and respected textbook is an essential guide for anyone engaging with social research.

Researching Social Life

  • Filename: researching-social-life.
  • ISBN: 0761972455
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 406
  • Author: Nigel Gilbert
  • Publisher: SAGE



Reviews of the First Edition `... an ideal primary text for an undergraduate course in social research methods' - Teaching Sociology `This is a very impressive book. It is admirably written in clear, straightforward language, so that I can easily imagine undergraduates responding well to its use as a core text.' - Geoff Payne, Professor of Social Research, University of Plymouth `Provides an excellent introductory methods text that covers every stage of quantitative and qualitative research.' - Journal of Social Policy `an ideal text for undergraduates in a variety of disciplines who are taking research methods courses'

Researching Social Change

  • Filename: researching-social-change.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015080875563
  • Release Date: 2009-03-26
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Rachel Thomson
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd



Questions about change in social and personal life are a feature of many accounts of the contemporary world. While theories of social change abound, discussions about how to research it are much less common. This book provides a timely guide to qualitative methodologies that investigate processes of personal, generational and historical change. The authors showcase a range of methods that explore temporality and the dynamic relations between past, present and future. Through case studies, they review six methodological traditions: memory work, oral/life history, qualitative longitudinal research, ethnography, inter-generational and follow-up studies. It illustrates how these research approaches are translated into research projects and considers the practical as well as the theoretical and ethical challenges they pose. Research methods are also the product of times and places, and this book keeps to the fore the cultural and historical context in which these methods developed, the theoretical traditions on which they draw, and the empirical questions they address. Researching Social Change is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students across the social sciences who are interested in understanding and researching social change.

Systematic Self Observation

  • Filename: systematic-self-observation.
  • ISBN: 076192308X
  • Release Date: 2002-01
  • Number of pages: 66
  • Author: Noelie M. Rodriguez
  • Publisher: SAGE



Systematic self-observation is a valuable research method to gather information about those social actions that are hidden, restricted or subjective.

Digital Methods for Social Science

  • Filename: digital-methods-for-social-science.
  • ISBN: 9781137453662
  • Release Date: 2016-01-26
  • Number of pages: 234
  • Author: Steven Roberts
  • Publisher: Springer



This timely book inspires researchers to deploy relevant, effective, innovative digital methods. It explores the relationship of such methods to 'mainstream' social science; interdisciplinarity; innovations in digital research tools; the opportunities (and challenges) of digital methods in researching social life; and digital research ethics.

Social Research Methods

  • Filename: social-research-methods.
  • ISBN: 9780199689453
  • Release Date: 2015-12-01
  • Number of pages: 824
  • Author: Alan Bryman
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



This best-selling introduction to research methods provides students and researchers with unrivalled coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, making it invaluable for anyone embarking on social research. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Social Research Methods is packed full of engaging examples and practical tips to equip students with the tools and knowledge needed for them to complete their own research projects. In addition to providing practical advice, Bryman deftly explores thenature of social research and the wider issues impinging on it. This book is supported by an Online Resource Centre, which includes:For Students* A researcher's toolkit to take students step by step through the research process* Multiple choice questions to help students test their knowledge and understanding* A guide to using Excel in data analysis to help develop analytical skillsFor Lecturers* A test bank of questions which can be customized to meet teaching needs* PowerPoint slides for each chapter* New seminar outlines including suggested activities and tasks * New exam and course work questions to set in class

Researching Social Media

  • Filename: researching-social-media.
  • ISBN: 1446252213
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Farida Vis
  • Publisher:



Contemporary changes in digital media mean that a huge quantity of information is now routinely published online in the form of blogs, Twitter posts, YouTube videos and discussions on Social Network Sites (SNS) such as Facebook as well as in other chat rooms and forums. This has created many opportunities for research of a kind not possible before, but it also raises many challenges associated with effectively exploiting the data. The effective gathering and processing of online content on a large scale requires an approach drawing on subject and technical expertise from a range of different disciplines including media and communication studies, internet studies and information and computer science. This book is concerned with the application of research methods to address a series of important questions that currently motivate research in this area. By concentrating on individual social media 'objects', it highlights and encourages readers to explore a range of different objects to study, how to design research questions around these, consider ethics where relevant, alongside a range of quantitative and qualitative methods that could be considered.

Life Online

  • Filename: life-online.
  • ISBN: 9780759117433
  • Release Date: 1998-09-29
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Annette N. Markham
  • Publisher: Rowman Altamira



Alienating for some, yet most intimate and real for others, emerging communications technologies are creating a varied array of cyberspace experiences. Nowhere are the new and old more intertwined, as familiar narratives of the past and radical visions of the future inform our attempts to assess the impact of cyberspace on self and society. Amidst the dizzying pace of technological innovation, Annette N. Markham embarks on a unique, ethnographic approach to understanding internet users by immersing herself in on-line reality. The result is an engrossing narrative as well as a theoretically engaging journey. A cast of characters, the reflexive author among them, emerge from Markham's interviews and research to depict the complexity and diversity of internet realities. While cyberspace is hyped as a disembodied cultural arena where physical reality can be transcended, Markham finds that to understand how people experience the internet, she must learn how to be embodied there_a process of acculturation and immersion which is not so different from other anthropological projects of cross-cultural understanding. Both new and not-so-new, cyberspace provides a context in which we can ask new sorts of questions about all cultural experience.

Simulation For The Social Scientist

  • Filename: simulation-for-the-social-scientist.
  • ISBN: 0335216005
  • Release Date: 2005-02-01
  • Number of pages: 295
  • Author: Gilbert, Nigel
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)



Social sciences -- Simulation methods. Social interaction -- Computer simulation. Social sciences -- Mathematical models. (publisher)

Sketch for a Self analysis

  • Filename: sketch-for-a-self-analysis.
  • ISBN: 9780745635262
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 118
  • Author: Pierre Bourdieu
  • Publisher: Polity



Over the past four decades, French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory of the postwar era. When he died in 2002, he was considered to be the most influential sociologist in the world and a thinker on a par with Foucault and Lévi-Strauss - a public intellectual as important to his generation as Sartre was to his. Sketch for a Self-Analysis is the ultimate outcome of Bourdieu's lifelong preoccupation with reflexivity. Vehemently not an autobiography, this unique book is instead an application of Bourdieu's theories to his own life and intellectual trajectory; along the way it offers compelling and intimate insights into the most important French intellectuals of the time - including Foucault, Sartre, Aron, Althusser, and de Beauvoir - as well as Bourdieu's own formative experiences at boarding school and his moral outrage at the colonial war in Algeria.

Social Research

  • Filename: social-research.
  • ISBN: 9780335235674
  • Release Date: 2011-03-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: May, Tim
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)



Sociology & anthropology.

It s Complicated

  • Filename: it-s-complicated.
  • ISBN: 9780300166316
  • Release Date: 2014-02-25
  • Number of pages: 281
  • Author: danah boyd
  • Publisher: Yale University Press



Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.

Practice Theory and Research

  • Filename: practice-theory-and-research.
  • ISBN: 9781317326441
  • Release Date: 2016-12-19
  • Number of pages: 262
  • Author: Gert Spaargaren
  • Publisher: Routledge



There has been an upsurge in scholarship concerned with theories of social practices in various fields including sociology, geography and management studies. This book provides a systematic introduction and overview of recent formulations of practice theory organised around three important themes: the importance of analysing the role of the non-human alongside the human; the reflexive nature of social science research; and the dynamics of social change. Combining a rich variety of detailed empirical research examples with discussion of the relevance of practice theories for policy and social change, this book represents an excellent sourcebook for all academic and professional researchers interested in working with practice theory.

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