"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.
`An important guide to current issues and debates in social research. Martyn Hammersley has assembled a useful range of source material for the beginning student' - Robert Burgess, University of Warwick
`All the readings are clear and incisive and have been well chosen as exemplars of a particular tradition or type of critique. Since they can be studied individually as well as collectively, this book will be invaluable for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate methods courses' - Journal of Social Policy
`Between them, the papers included in this book cover an impressive range of issues central to social research. The editor has succeeded in pulling together papers from a wide range of sources... and making them available in an easily-accessible form. The book could serve as a useful introduction to the field for undergraduate students, or as eye-opening background reading for research practitioners who have not had formal training in the philosophy of social investigation.' - ESRC Data Archive Bulletin
`The book accomplishes its purpose of illuminating the 'profound differences in approach' and should help the users of social research as well as practitioners.' - Educational Research