A Theoretical Introduction to Sociological Methods
Author: Norman K. Denzin
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Category: Social Science
At once a unique textbook for methods courses and a major contribution to sociological theory, this book teaches students the principles of research and how to construct and test theories. It brings coherence to the study of methods by presenting four major approaches to experimentation: survey research, participant observation, life histories, and unobtrusive measures from a single theoretical point of view, symbolic interaction. It demonstrates the need for a synthesis between theory and methods, and shows how different methods limit and aff ect research results. Denzin's argues that no single method, theory, or observer can capture all that is relevant or important in reality. He argues for the use of triangulation and for a view of theory and methods as "concept sensitizers." His approach enables sociologists to acquire specifi c facts about a particular situation while simultaneously elevating these to the level of shared meaning. The author shows students how to proceed with research, bringing sharply into focus the possibilities and their limitations. Since his view is integrated rather than eclectic, this is much more than a "how to do it" manual. Denzin points out aspects of research that fall outside the scope of a given method yet aff ect results, and emphasizes the need to employ several methods to cross-check each other. "The Research Act" covers all the content of conventional methods courses. The presentation is exciting and imaginative, and provides a thorough review of major sociological methods, a cogent statement about approaches to sociological inquiry, and a source from which a understanding of the problems of research can be derived. "Norman K. Denzin" is professor of sociology, cinema studies, and interpretive theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was awarded the George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He is the author of several books, including "The Alcoholic Society, Children and Their Caretakers, Hollywood Shot by Shot, Sociological Methods" and "The Values of Social Science" all available from Transaction.
This Book Covers The Syllabi Prescribed By Indian Universities At Undergraduate And Postgraduate Level In Sociology In The Paper Concerned With Sociological Methods And Techniques, Social Survey And Research. After Analysing The Nature Of Sociology And Social Phenomena; Fact, Theory And Concept, The Book Describes, Discusses And Evaluates Sociological Data; Social Research; Historical Method And Techniques Of Sociological Research Including Observation; Experiment; Case Study; Social Survey; Mailed Questionnaire; The Schedule; Rating Scales And Sociometry And Calling Interview. In Social Research Separate Chapters Have Been Devoted To Identification Of Problem Of Research; Review Of Related Literature; Formulation Of Hypothesis; Research Design And Investigation; Sampling And Census Investigation. In The End, There Are Chapters On Content Analysis; Formulation Of Generalisations; Objectivity In Social Research; The Research Report; Inter-Disciplinary Approach; Social Research, Survey And Book-Keeping In India And Statistics In Sociology. While Each Chapter Has Been Written In An Analytical Style, Matter Has Been Drawn From Standard Books. Questions Actually Asked In University Examinations Have Been Given At The End Of Each Chapter For Exercise For Examinations. An Attempt Has Been Made To Use Simple Language Avoiding Technical Jargon As Much As Possible. Tables And Figures Have Been Used To Facilitate Understanding. Thus, The Author Has Left No Stone Unturned To Make This Book An Ideal Textbook For The Students And Reference Work For The Teachers.
Revised for the first time in over thirty years, this edition of Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology is updated with a new introduction and improved translation by leading scholar Steven Lukes that puts Durkheim’s work into context for the twenty-first century reader. The Rules of Sociological Method represents Emile Durkheim’s manifesto for sociology. He argues forcefully for the objective, scientific, and methodological underpinnings of sociology as a discipline and establishes guiding principles for future research. The substantial new introduction by leading Durkheim scholar Steven Lukes explains and sets into context Durkheim’s arguments. Lukes examines the still-controversial debates about The Rules of Sociological Method’s six chapters and explains their relevance to present-day sociology. The edition also includes Durkheim’s subsequent thoughts on method in the form of articles, debates with scholars from other disciplines, and letters. The original translation has been revised and reworked in order to make Durkheim’s arguments clearer and easier to read. This is an essential resource for students and scholars hoping to deepen their understanding of one of the pioneering voices in modern sociology and twentieth-century social thought.
This is the first book on the general history of US sociological research. It provides systematic archival, documentary, and interview data which question conventional views on research methods, developing our understanding of both the history of social thought, and the settings in which social research is produced.
The 2009 volume of Sociological Methodology continues a 41-year tradition of providing cutting-edge methodology for sociological research. Under the editorship of Yu Xie, three features are prominent in this volume: · Appropriate and practical methodological tools for substantive research. · Interdisciplinary dialogues on methodological issues between sociologists and non-sociologists. · Dedication to publishing purely methodological work in sociology.
A rich source of ideas about sociological research methods to assist the researcher in determining what method will provide the most reliable and useful knowledge, how to choose between different methodologies, and what constitutes the most fruitful relationship between sociological theories and research methods.
This annual volume, sponsored by the American Sociological Association, focuses on methods of research in the social sciences. Published to advance empirical research in sociology and related disciplines, Sociolgical Methodologyis a valuable aid to the understanding and use of methodologies, providing readers with the techniques and perspectives on research needed to strengthen sociological reasoning. Each volume is a crucial addition to social research libraries worldwide and an important record of the current state of methodology.
This radical appraisal of Durkheim's method, first published in 1988, argues that fundamental errors have been made in interpreting Durkheim. Mike Gane argues that to understand The Rules it is necessary also to understand the context of the French society in which the book was written. He explores the cultural and philosophical debates which raged in France during the period when Durkheim prepared the book and establishes the real and unsuspected complexity of Durkheim's position: its formal complexity, its epistemological complexity, and its historical complexity.
Sociological Methodology is an annual volume on methods of research in the social sciences. Sponsored by the American Sociological Association, its mission is to disseminate material that advances empirical research in sociology and related disciplines. Chapters represent original methodological contributions, expository statements on and illustrations of recently developed techniques, and critical discussions of research practice.
This is a new and revised edition of a book which has already established itself as a basic text in social theory. The first section of the work provides a concise critical analysis of some leading schools of thought in social philosophy, giving particular attention to phenomenology, ethnomethodology and Wittgensteinian thought. Giddens concentrates primarily upon the implications of these various perspectives for an account of human action and its intelligibility. An `action approach' on its own, however, will not do; in human social life, action and structure presuppose one another. The author therefore moves on to provide a series of concepts relevant to understanding the production and reproduction of society. The book concludes with a succinct statement of some `new rules of sociological method'. Representing the first, and most trenchant, exposition of the principles of structuration theory, this edition also contains a substantial new Introduction in which Giddens replies to some of the more persistent criticisms made of the original version and also addresses some important issues originally discussed only in a cursory way.
Methodological questions come in many sizes. For those who like truly enormous questions, and for those who simply cannot avoid big questions, this volume of Sociological Methodology offers a major statement by James J. Heckman on the measurement of causal effects. Big questions and big answers require big discussions. Michael E. Sobel provides the necessary critique in a discussion that might serve as a chapter in its own right, were it not focused on Heckman's chapter. But smaller questions are important too, and the answers to them often spell the difference between ambiguous findings and successful, useful research. In this volume: * Rashotte, Webster, and Whitmeyer remind readers that small differences in instruction wording can produce substantial differences in findings. * Lynch and Brown give readers new methods for calculating the life table quantities that are the mainstay not only of formal demography but many applied social science topics and policy research subjects that rely on the life table. * Bhati proposes new methods for examining the spatial distribution of rare events - a subject that has frustrated those who study not only crime but epidemiology and related topics. * Handcock, Rendall, and Cheadle contribute a paper that demonstrates useful methods for incorporating into a multivariate analysis extraneously learned information about a bivariate relationship. In short, Sociological Methodology 2005 contains important contributions to a wide range of sociological research methods. Social researchers of all varieties are sure to find much research in this volume.
This annual volume, sponsored by the American Sociological Association, focuses on methods of research in the social sciences. Published to advance empirical research in sociology and related disciplines, Sociolgical Methodology is a valuable aid to the understanding and use of methodologies, providing readers with the techniques and perspectives on research needed to strengthen sociological reasoning. Each volume is a crucial addition to social research libraries worldwide and an important record of the current state of methodology. Presents a longitudinal investigation of child development and family well-being during the first decade of life for children with Down syndrome Findings of the volume suggets methods of improving quality of life through changes in policy and practice in caregiving
This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.