Aimed at students in the social sciences and cultural studies, this volume includes: a discussion of the philosophy, methodology and use of historical perspectives in research; and an overview of the research methods used in social science and cultural studies.
Comprehensive and well-illustrated, this is the definitive introductory textbook on methods and methodology for students in the social sciences and cultural studies. It is structured around three key objectives: to provide a full overview of, and introduction to, the research methods used in social science and cultural studies; to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with the skills needed to begin research with working examples from actual research; and to examine the methodological and theoretical issues involved in doing research.
Researching Society and Culture is divided into four parts: the first discusses the philosophy of social science, developments in social theory, methodology and the use of historical perspectives in research. Part Two explores considerations of importance at the beginning of a research project and discusses the writing of research proposals. The third part covers a full range of the methods in use by social and cultural researchers, including the use of social surveys; statistical data analysis; coding of qualitative and quantitative data; use of official statistics; interviewing; ethnography; content and semiotic analysis of visual images; discourse analysis; conversation analysis; and the use of literary texts in research, ending with a chapter on reading and writing research. The book concludes with a series of workshop and discussion exercises, tailored to each chapter, and designed to give students practical experience in using these methods.
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About Clive Seale
Clive Seale has been Professor of Sociology (or Medical Sociology) at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary's (both University of London) and Brunel University. His work has concerned communication in health care and death in modern society. He has published extensively on research methods. His books include Constructing Death: the sociology of dying and bereavement (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Quality of Qualitative Research (Sage, 1999), Media and Health (Sage, 2003) and Gender and the Language of Illness (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010, with Jonathan Charteris-Black). Recently, he has turned to fiction, publishing a novel, Interrogating Ellie (Cloiff Books, 2015) using the pen name Julian Gray. He is currently writing another novel.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Clive Seale PART ONE: PHILOSOPHY, METHODOLOGY AND HISTORY Selected Issues in the Philosophy of Social Science - David Lazar Developments in Social Theory - Paul Filmer et al Feminist Methodology - Heather Brunskell Gender, Ethnicity and Fieldwork - Anne-Marie Fortier A Case Study The History of the Social Survey - Fran Tonkiss Historical and Comparative Research - Josep Llobera PART TWO: BEGINNING RESEARCH Research and Social Policy - David Silverman Research and Social Theory - David Silverman Writing a Research Proposal - Moira Kelly PART THREE: DOING RESEARCH Doing Social Surveys - Clive Seale and Paul Filmer Coding and Analyzing Data - Clive Seale and Moira Kelly Statistical Reasoning - Clive Seale From One to Two Variables Statistical Reasoning - Clive Seale Causal Arguments and Multivariate Analysis Using Official Statistics - Don Slater Qualitative Interviewing - Clive Seale Doing Ethnography - David Walsh Analyzing Cultural Objects - Don Slater Content Analysis and Semiotics Analyzing Discourse - Fran Tonkiss Analyzing Conversation - David Silverman Analyzing Literary Texts - Paul Filmer Reading and Writing Research - Les Back PART FOUR: WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION EXERCISES
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