The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology

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William Outhwaite, Stephen Turner
SAGE, 2007. gada 18. okt. - 640 lappuses
"An excellent guidebook through different approaches to social science measurement, including the all-important route-maps that show us how to get there."
- Roger Jowell, City University

"In this wide-ranging collection of chapters, written by acknowledged experts in their fields, Outhwaite and Turner have brought together material in one volume which will provide an extremely important platform for consideration of the full range of contemporary analytical and methodological issues."
- Charles Crothers, Auckland University of Technology

This is a jewel among methods Handbooks, bringing together a formidable collection of international contributors to comment on every aspect of the various central issues, complications and controversies in the core methodological traditions. It is designed to meet the needs of those disciplinary and nondisciplinary problem-oriented social inquirers for a comprehensive overview of the methodological literature. The text is divided into 7 sections:

  • Overviews of methodological approaches in the social sciences
  • Cases, comparisons and theory
  • Quantification and experiment
  • Rationality, complexity and collectivity
  • Interpretation, critique and postmodernity
  • Discourse construction
  • Engagement.

Edited by two leading figures in the field, the Handbook is a landmark work in the field of research methods. More than just a ′cookbook′ that teaches readers how to master techniques, it will give social scientists in all disciplines an appreciation for the full range of methodological debates today, from the quantitative to the qualitative, giving them deeper and sharpen insights into their own research questions. It will generate debate, solutions and a series of questions for researchers to exploit and develop in their research and teaching.

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17 Individual and Collective Agency
302
18 Simulating Complexity
316
19 Evolutionary Approaches in the Social Sciences
333
SECTION V Interpretation Critique and Postmodernity
359
Introduction
361
20 Understanding and Interpretation
363
Between Ethnography and Discourse
384
22 Liberal Humanism and the European Critical Tradition
405

4 Comparative Methods
67
5 Historicity and Sociohistorical Research
82
6 Case Study
100
SECTION III Quantification and Experiment
119
Introduction
121
7 Statistical Models for Causation
127
Three Battles Connected to the Causal Implications of Structural Equation Models
147
On Context Crud and Convergence
172
10 Theory and Experimentation in the Social Sciences
190
11 The Treatment of Missing Data
208
12 Modeling Selection Effects
225
13 Methods for Census 2000 and Statistical Adjustments
232
14 Quantitative History
246
SECTION IV Rationality Complexity Collectivity
265
Introduction
267
15 Rational Choice Theory
269
16 Rationality and Rationalist Approaches in the Social Sciences
282
Critiques Debates and Situational Analysis
423
24 Does Postmodernism Make You Mad? Or Did You Flunk Statistics?
443
SECTION VI Discourse Construction
457
Introduction
459
25 Social Construction and Research Methodology
461
Sociality in Writing and Inquiry
479
27 Discourse Analysis
499
SECTION VII Evaluation Engagement and Collaborative Research
517
Introduction
519
28 Evaluation Research
523
29 Feminist Methodology
534
30 Feminist Methodology and Its Discontents
547
31 CommunityBased Research
565
32 Qualitative Methodology Including Focus Groups
578
33 Making a Mess with Method
595
Index
607
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Stephen Turner is Graduate Research Professor. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. His dissertation, Sociological Explanation as Translation , was published in 1980 by Cambridge . He is the author of a number of books in the history and philosophy of social science and statistics, including books on Max Weber, on whom he also edited the Cambridge Companion volume. He is the co-author of the standard one-volume history of American Sociology, The Impossible Science. He has also written extensively in science studies, especially on patronage and the politics and economics of science, and on the concept of practices, including two books, The Social Theory of Practices and Brains//Practices/ Relativism . His Liberal Democracy 3.0: Civil Society in an Age of Experts, reflects his interest in the problem the political significance of science. Among his other current interests are problems of explaining normativity, especially the conflict between philosophical and social scientific accounts, and issues relating to the implications of cognitive neuroscience for social theory, especially related to the problem of tacit knowledge and mirror neurons. He is also engaged in a large project on the realism of Hans Kelsen and Max Weber and its relevance for contemporary discussions of political theory and law. His most recent book, Explaining the Normative (Polity 2010) is a critique and an alternative to the accounts of “normativity” one finds in philosophers like McDowell, Brandom, Korsgaard, Nagel, and the like. Among his other recent edited books are The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology, with William Outhwaite, and The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory, with Gerard Delanty. He has had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.

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