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How do academic social scientists and survey professionals use social measurement techniques? How are these techniques applied to specific concepts in empirical research? Suitable for students, academic and professional researchers, this book offers an overview of various methods of social measurement for quantitative survey research.

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Social Measurement through Social Surveys: An Applied Approach by Julie Gibbs

How do academic social scientists and survey professionals use social measurement techniques? How are these techniques applied to specific concepts in empirical research? This book is an important resource for students, academic and professional researchers, offering an overview of both new and practiced methods of social measurement for quantitative survey research. It will provide readers looking to investigate "hot" social science topics with a way of learning how key measurement techniques can be utilised in that topic in a practical way. Emerging from the editors' widely used work on an online social survey resource offering information on key social surveys and their questionnaires entitled 'Question Bank', this book aims to take this material further. It elaborates on the problems involved with this resource type, providing a comprehensive and unique volume that will enable the reader to have the confidence to use this technique in their own research.

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'Here at last is a book that addresses the crucial role of theory in survey research. Eleven surveys are presented, each a valuable case-study in its own right, but more importantly, each shows, in a scholarly and highly readable fashion, how theory can both be derived from and inform this essential technique of social science research methodology.' Mark Garner, University of Aberdeen, UK 'Bulmer, Gibbs and Hyman's volume is light in quantitative technicality, yet rich in its discussion of the complexities underlying measurement operations; consequently, it is both highly readable, and likely to appeal to specialist and non-specialist alike. ... Overall, this collection bridges an important gap in methodological literature... this volume implicitly offers much to question tired dualisms of epistemology which often depict such measures and measurement processes as removed from the complex mix of historical and theoretical considerations addressed by the authors within.' The Irish Journal of Sociology

About Julie Gibbs


Martin Bulmer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, which he joined in 1995. He was previously Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton and before that he taught at the London School of Economics for seventeen years. He is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and the Director of The Question Bank. His research interests cover the methodology of social research, the history of the social sciences, the study of ethnicity and race, the application of sociology to public policy and the sociology of social care. He has published more than twenty books, most recently Questionnaires (4 vols, Sage, 2004) and Researching Race and Racism (ed with J. Solomos, 2004). Julie Gibbs is Senior Research and Information Officer at the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees at City University, London and was Content Manager and then Manager of the ESRC Question Bank 2001 - 2008. Laura Hyman is a Research Student in Sociology at the University of Surrey and was a Research Officer for the ESRC Question Bank, 2005-2007.

Table of Contents


Contents: Preface; Introduction, Martin Bulmer, Julie Gibbs and Laura Hyman; Measuring family and household variables, John Haskey; Measuring crime, Ian Brunton-Smith and Jonathan Allen; Measuring political behaviour and attitudes, Oliver Heath and Robert Johns; Measuring religious behaviour, Peter Brierley; Measuring social class, Eric Harrison; Measuring race and ethnicity, Martin Bulmer; Measuring sexual behaviour, Catherine H. Mercer, Sally McManus and Bob Erens; Measuring health, Nicola Shelton and Jennifer Mindell; Measuring social capital: formal and informal activism, its socio-demographic determinants and socio-political impacts, Yaojun Li; Measuring social attitudes, Caroline Roberts; Challenges for social measurement, Martin Bulmer; Index.

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GOR010831656
Social Measurement through Social Surveys: An Applied Approach by Julie Gibbs
Julie Gibbs
Used - Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2010-04-28
248
0754674886
9780754674887
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.