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Methods, Sex and Madness - Derek Layder

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Social research yields knowledge which powerfully affects our daily lives. The 'facts' it generates shape not just how we see ourselves and others, but also whether or not we see the existing status quo as normal, just and legitimate. This book examines and questions the methods used by social researchers to produce such knowledge. It focuses chiefly on research into human sexuality and madness. It introduces and critically assesses everything from survey methods to participant observation. It opens up broader philosophical debates about the nature of knowledge, and highlights issues surrounding the ethics and politics of research.
The book looks at the research community and the research process in detail before moving on to examine the main techniques used in social research:
* the use of official statistics
* the survey method
* interviewing
* laboratory observation
* ethnography
* the use of documentary sources
* textual analysis.
By exploring both technical and conceptual problems in the work of researchers like Freud and Kinsey, and by considering the difficulties faced by researchers concerned with phenomena such as rape, witch hunts and prostitution this book makes methodological issues both interesting and accessible.

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xi
Social Research and Everyday Lifep. 1
Dimensions of Social Researchp. 29
Official Statistics and Social Researchp. 61
The Survey Methodp. 83
Interviewingp. 116
Observation in Laboratories and Other Structured Settingsp. 148
Ethnography and Qualitative Analysisp. 164
Documentary Sources and Textual Analysisp. 186
The Practice of Researchp. 209
Referencesp. 225
Indexp. 234
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ISBN: 9780415097642
ISBN-10: 0415097649
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.12  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1