"Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice" provides a wide-ranging and critical introduction to the principles of social and educational research. It draws together a key set of readings which offer a broad assessment of the issues of values and practice in social research. Issues explored include: the relationship between quantitative and qualitative methods; positivism, and the role of the natural sciences as a model for social research; the purposes of research - knowledge of the social world, or its transformation; issues of race, gender and power in social research; the politics and ethics of data collection; the validity and relevance of social research. "Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice" is a set text for the Open University course "Principles of Social and Educational Research" (DEH313). The book is intended for students, academics and researchers across the social sciences, education and health sciences.
Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: Reading Ethnographic Research (Longman 1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (Routledge 1992); The Politics of Social Research (Sage 1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paul Chapman, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (Sage 2008), Methodology, Who Needs It? (Sage, 2011), and What is Qualitative Research? (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2013)