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This revised and expanded edition of a best-selling text incorporates the latest developments in social research. The aim of the book remains the same: to bridge the gap between theory and methods in social research, each of which is essential to understanding the dynamics of social relations. Additions to each chapter do further justice to ideas on the research process in general and aspects of its practice in particular. Chapter summaries, questions for reflection and signposts to further reading are incorporated into a textbook format.
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"This is the finest introduction to social research I haveever read. The second edition utilizes the same framework as the first but the content has been substantially revised. There are two sections: (1) issues in social research and (2) methods. 'issues in social research' covers the competing perspectives on research, the relationship between theory and research and considerations of ethics and valuesfor the social researcher. 'Methods' are meticulously worked through from official statistics to comparative research via surveys, interviews, observation and documentary analysis. Each chapter contains summaries, questions to prompt reflection and suggestions for further reading. The writing is clear, concise and scholarly with the bibliography adelightful A to Z compendium of the best in sociology." - BSA Network "The overall presentation of the text is hard to fault as each chapter is well written and difficult concepts are introduced and explained meaningfully without oversimplification...it offers the student and novice researcher an excellent overview of thiscrucial area in the health and social sciences." - Medical Sociology NewsletterAbout the Author:
Tim May is Professor of Sociology at the University of Salford. His writings include Probation: Politics, Policy and Practice (1991) and Situating Social Theory (1996), both published by Open University Press. He has also written, with Malcolm Williams, Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research (1996), and with Zygmunt Bauman, Thinking Sociologically (forthcoming 2001). He has co-edited, with Dick Hobbs, Interpreting the Field: Accounts of Ethnography (1993), with A. Vass, Working With Offenders: Issues, Context and Outcomes (1996), and with Malcolm Williams, Knowing the Social World (1998), and is editing Qualitative Research: An International Guide to Issues in Practice (forthcoming 2002). He is editor of the Open University Press series, Issues in Society.
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