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Understanding Social Research : Thinking Creatively about Method - Jennifer Mason

Understanding Social Research

Thinking Creatively about Method

By: Jennifer Mason (Editor), Angela Dale (Editor)

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Jennifer Mason and Angela Dale's book seeks to set out cutting-edge developments in the field of social research and to encourage students and researchers to consider ways of learning from different approaches and perspectives in such a way as to make their own research richer, more insightful and more rewarding.

Social Researching brings together a wide variety of research methods - both qualitative and quantitative - to help students and researchers to consider the relative benefits of adopting different approaches for their own research work.

The authors clearly identify the most appropriate methods for different research questions and also highlight areas where it might be fruitful to compliment different methods with each other or exploit creative tensions between them. The book is therefore a highly practical guide which also seeks to draw readers outside their methodological comfort zones.

This book includes:

- Critical coverage of issues in research design;

- Expert experience in many methodological fields;

- An overview of the many different ways to approach similar research problems;

- Coverage of the tensions between different methodological approaches;

- Examples of excellence in research design and practice;

- An examination of how to turn methodological tensions into richer research practice.

The methods covered include highly innovative, 'cutting-edge' approaches and they are demonstrated in terms of their transferability between the different social sciences. This inter-disciplinary approach is complimented by a wide range of strategically chosen examples which demonstrate the authors' pragmatic and creative take on research design.

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Creative Tensions in Social Research: Questions of Methodp. 1
Researching Relationships and Personal Lifep. 27
Experimenting with Qualitative Methods: Researching Family Resemblancep. 33
Using Psychoanalytic Methodology in Psychosocial Research: Researching Brothersp. 49
Using Biographical and Longitudinal Methods: Researching Motheringp. 62
Using Social Network Analysis: Researching Relational Structurep. 75
Using Survey Data: Researching Families and Householdsp. 90
Researching Placep. 103
Ethnographies of Place: Researching the Roadp. 107
Using Sociotechnical Methods: Researching Human-Technological Dynamics in the Cityp. 120
Using Participatory, Observational and 'Rapid Appraisal' Methods: Researching Health And Illnessp. 134
Innovative Ways of Mapping Data About Placesp. 150
Researching Changep. 165
Using Archived Qualitative Data: Researching Socio-cultural Changep. 169
What's History Got to Do With it? Researching Sexual Historiesp. 181
Using Qualitative Methods to Complement Randomized Controlled Trials: Researching Mental Health Interventionsp. 195
Exploring the Narrative Potential of Cohort Data and Event History Analysisp. 210
Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Researching Changing Health in Later Lifep. 225
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9781848601451
ISBN-10: 184860145X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 17.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46