Researching Society and Culture 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Clive Seale PART ONE: RESEARCH CONTEXTS Selected Issues in the Philosophy of Social Science - David Lazar Politics, Identities and Research - Suki Ali et al Developments in Social Theory - Paul Filmer et al Research and Social Theory - David Silverman Research and Social Policy - David Silverman Validity, Reliability and the Quality of Research - Clive Seale History of Social Statistics and the Social Survey - Fran Tonkiss History of Qualitative Methods - Clive Seale Ethics and Social Research - Moira Kelly and Suki Ali Research Design and Proposals - Moira Kelly PART TWO: DOING RESEARCH Doing a Literature Review - Duncan Branley Doing Social Surveys - Alice Bloch Qualitative Interviewing - Bridget Byrne Using Focus Groups - Fran Tonkiss Making and Managing Audio Recordings - Duncan Branley Doing Ethnography - David Walsh Generating Grounded Theory - Clive Seale Doing Historical and Archival Research - Ben Gidley Using Visual Materials - Suki Ali Using the Internet - Pamelah Odih Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods - Neil Spicer Coding and Analyzing Data - Clive Seale Statistical Reasoning - Alice Bloch From One to Two Variables Statistical Reasoning - Clive Seale Causal Arguments and Multivariate Analysis Using Data Archives for Secondary Analysis - Clive Seale Analyzing Text and Speech - Fran Tonkiss Content and Discourse Analysis Analyzing Conversations - Tim Rapley Reading and Writing Research - Les Back Doing a Dissertation - Chetan Bhatt When Things Go Wrong - Mike Michael PART THREE: CASE STUDIES Representing Otherness - Thomas Zacharias Collecting and Analyzing Visual Data Embodiment, Reflexivity and Movement Re-Education - Jen Tarr An Ethnographic Case Study My Research Practice - Clive Seale PART FOUR: WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION EXERCISES