The third edition of Social Research offers a clear and scholarly introduction to social research methods for undergraduates across a range of social science disciplines. It is compact and orderly in its presentation and balanced in its discussion of different methods. Organized to reflect the stages of the research process, from questions through to answers, the book is nonetheless more than a research methods 'recipe book', providing students with an insight into theoretical questions as well as into practical challenges and issues. The new edition boasts a stronger and more transparent structure, greater emphasis on research ethics and feminist research, and increased pedagogical support, including a companion website at http://www palgrave.com/sociology/sarantakos to be available on publication.
Table of Contents
PART 1: INTRODUCTION Social Research, History, Theory and Practice Varieties of Social Research Feminist Research Principles of Social Research PART 2: RESEARCH PLANNING Research Design Initiating Social Research Sampling Procedures PART 3: METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION Multi-Sample Studies Field Research Observation Surveys: Questionnaires Surveys: Interviewing The Study of Documents Applied Research PART 4: DATA ANALYSIS Qualitative Analysis Quantitative Analysis PART 5: PUBLICATION Reporting Glossary Bibliography Index
Sotirios Sarantakos is an adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He is the author of many books, including Marriage and the Family, Same-Sex Couples, Basic Stats without Maths and Cohabitation in Transition. He has been teaching research methods for more than two decades.