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The Foundations of Social Research : Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process - Michael Crotty

The Foundations of Social Research

Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process

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Published: 26th August 1998
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Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.



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Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology.

Introduction
Positivism
The March of Science
Constructionism
The Making of Meaning
Interpretivism
For and against Culture
Interpretivism
The Way of Hermeneutics
Critical Inquiry
The Marxist Heritage
Critical Inquiry
Contemporary Critics and Contemporary Critique
Feminism
Re-Visioning the Man-Made World
Postmodernism
Crisis of Confidence or Moment of Truth?
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780761961055
ISBN-10: 0761961054
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th August 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.1  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1