Salsa Dancing Into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-glut

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Harvard University Press, Mar 23, 2010 - Reference - 323 pages
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“You might think that dancing doesn't have a lot to do with social research, and doing social research is probably why you picked this book up in the first place. But trust me. Salsa dancing is a practice as well as a metaphor for a kind of research that will make your life easier and better.”

Savvy, witty, and sensible, this unique book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science. In this volume, Kristin Luker guides novice researchers in:

  • Knowing the difference between an area of interest and a research topic
  • Defining the relevant parts of a potentially infinite research literature
  • Mastering sampling, operationalization, and generalization
  • Understanding which research methods best answer your questions
  • Beating writer's block

Most important, she shows how friendships, non-academic interests, and even salsa dancing can make for a better researcher.

“You know about setting the kitchen timer and writing for only an hour, or only 15 minutes if you are feeling particularly anxious. I wrote a fairly large part of this book feeling exactly like that. If I can write an entire book 15 minutes at a time, so can you.”

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

This is by far the best qualitative research methods book I have come across. If the typical research methods book doesn't really resonate with you, give this a try. Read full review

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User Review  - Tatiana - Goodreads

As a creative person, the even the title was helpful in thinking about approaching research in a different way. It is definitely a book I will return to over and over as I continue to refine my ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Kristin Luker is Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

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