This book shows students the steps involved in the research process, the various strategies for conducting a valid social inquiry, and most importantly, the persuasiveness and elegance of reliable social research. It highlights the link between academic research and the real world. Included are carefully chosen examples of each of the major methodological techniques-survey, interviews, fieldwork observations, experiments, content analysis, secondary analysis and program evaluation. Also included are selections on sampling strategies, research ethics and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
SECTION I. WHERE TO BEGIN Comparative Perspectives and Competing Explanations: Taking on the Newly Configured Reductionist Challenge to Sociology (2006) - Troy Duster Great Divides: The Cultural, Cognitive, and Social Bases of the Global Subordination of Women (2007) - Cynthia Fuchs Epstein The Positive Functions of Poverty (1975) - Herbert J. Gans Theodicy and Life Satisfaction Among Black and White Americans (2000) - Marc A. Musick SECTION II. RESEARCH DESIGN Conceptualizing Urban Poverty (1995) - Ellen Wratten Conceptualizing Work-Family Balance: Implications for Practice and Research (2007) - Joseph G. Grzywacz and Dawn S. Carlson The Violence of Adolescent Life: Experiencing and Managing Everyday Threats (2004) - Katherine Irwin SECTION III. ETHICS IN SOCIAL RESEARCH Code of Ethics Policies and Procedures of the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics (1997) - American Sociological Association Policies and Procedures (1997) - Committee on Professional Ethics, American Sociological Association Project Camelot and the 1960s Epistemological Revolution: Rethinking the Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus (2001) - Mark Solovey SECTION IV. QUANTITATIVE DATA COLLECTION Mapping Global Values (2006) - Ronald Inglehart Measuring Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): You May Only Get What You Ask For (2005) - Eve Waltermaurer Ethnicity, Gender, and Perceptions of Task Competence (1990) - Martha Foschi and Shari Buchan SECTION V. QUALITATIVE DATA COLLECTION Religion and Immigration in Comparative Perspective: Catholic and Evangelical Salvadorans in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix (2004) - Cecilia Menjivar A Focus Group Study of the Motivation to Invest: "Ethical/Green" and "Ordinary" Investors Compared (2001) - Alan Lewis The Pub and the People [Excerpt] (1942) - Mass Observation "Afterword" From Sidewalk by Mitch Duneier (2000) - Hakim Hasan SECTION VI. QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Gender Bias in the 1996 Olympic Games: A Comparative Analysis (2003) - Catriona T. Higgs, Karen H. Weiller, and Scott B. Martin Residential Segregation on the Island: The Role of Race and Class in Puerto Rican Neighborhoods (2007) - Nancy A. Denton and Jacqueline Villarrubia SECTION VII. QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Weathering the Storm: Nonprofit Organization Survival Strategies in a Hostile Climate (2002) - Howard Lune Social Context and Musical Content of Rap Music, 1979-1995 (2006) - Jennifer C. Lena The Changing Culture of Fatherhood in Comic-Strip Families: A Six-Decade Analysis (2000) - Raph LaRossa, Charles Jaret, Malati Gadgil, and G. Robert Wynn SECTION VIII. MIXED METHODS Theorizing Disaster: Analogy, Historical Ethnography, and the Challenger Accident (2004) - Diane Vaughan Men and Women's Experiences with Hazing in a Male-Dominated Elite Military Institution (2006) - Jana L. Pershing The World-System After the Cold War (1993) - Immanuel Wallerstein SECTION IX. LAST WORD GLOSSARY
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