Understanding Social Research: Thinking Creatively about Method
The book explores methodological approaches in three key areas - personal life and relationships; places and mobilities, and socio-cultural change. These work as vehicles to expound methodological issues and challenges that are relevant across a much wider range of domains.
Understanding Social Research brings together leading researchers in the social sciences – including sociology, health, geography, psychology and social statistics - to elaborate their approach to research design and practice, based on their own research experience, and to consider what kinds of knowledge their methods can produce. Each of the contributing authors reflects on their own methods and identifies what is distinctive about them. The book contains fascinating insights into how the knowledge we produce is shaped by the methods we choose and use.
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ONE Creative Tensions in Social Research
Section I Researching Relationships and Personal Life
TWO Experimenting with Qualitative Methods
THREE Using Psychoanalytic Methodology in Psychosocial Research
FOUR Using Biographical and Longitudinal Methods
FIVE Using Social Network Analysis
Researching Families and Households
Section II Researching Place
NINE Using Participatory Observational andRapid Appraisal Methods
TEN Innovative Ways of Mapping Data About Places
Section III Researching Change
ELEVEN Using Archived Qualitative Data
TWELVE Whats History Got to Do With it?
THIRTEEN Using Qualitative Methods to Complement Randomized Controlled Trials
FOURTEEN Exploring the Narrative Potential of Cohort Data and Event History Analysis
FIFTEEN Using Longitudinal Survey Data