Qualitative Sociology

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 1979 - Social Science - 480 pages
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Efforts to reconstruct the reality of a social scene have evolved numerous theoretical and methodological strategies. Qualitative sociology fills the gap in existing literature by providing a comprehensive and detailed treatment of the broad range of non-quantitative methods currently being used in sociological research, with the conceptual rationales for each method.

Recognizing the need for a clear, concise discussion of both the theoretical and practical aspects of "reality reconstruction" and "formal sociology," Drs. Schwartz and Jacobs draw on the theories and strategies of Weber, Mead, Blumer, Glaser, Straus, Simmel, Goffman, Schutz, Garfinkel, and Cicourel, among others, to justify, explain, and illustrate:

field studies

participant observation (ethnography)

interviewing

life histories and personal accounts

the analysis of unobtrusive measures

audio-visual techniques

methods of studying and subjectivity

phenomenology

and more

Thus, the authors not only describe the various theories and methods, but they add to the reader's understanding by providing insight into who has used the methods and why, and by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each method. They also supplement the text throughout with a collection of case studies which illustrate the kind of substantive work qualitative research can produce.

No other available text covers as many methods as are described in Qualitative Sociology. All the methods are examined in an informal, conversational style, making the discussion accessible to the student with no previous knowledge of qualitative theories and practices.

 

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Contents

Introduction
2
The Sociology of the Inside
17
Introduction
36
Reconstructing the Individuals
61
Nonreactive Techniques for Studying Groups or Individuals
75
Introduction
106
Introduction
132
A Case Study of a Social Welfare Agency
143
The Problem of Visibility
240
Participant Observation in Formal Sociology
247
Reification and Reactive Measures as Research Strategies
266
Sight versus Thought in Formal Sociology
306
Two Exemplary Procedures
340
Whats Wrong with
367
Introduction
380
A Study of Retarded Adults
397

A Phenomenological Study of Suicide Notes
156
A Case of Mistaken
168
Introduction
180
Reconstructing Sociological
209
A Case of Practical Reasoning
405
H On the Art of Talking About the World
418
Bibliography
429
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About the author (1979)

Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine.

Jerry Jacobs is professor of sociology at the University of Pennyslvania. He is coauthor, with Ann Boulis, of "The Changing Face of Medicine: Women Doctors and the Evolution of Health Care in America" and, with Kathleen Gerson, "The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality", among others. He lives near Philadelphia.

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