|About the book|
This fully revised and updated popular text successfully bridges the gap between theory and methods in social research, clearly illuminating these essential components for understanding the dynamics of social relations.
The book is divided into two parts, with part one examining the issues and perspectives in social research and part two setting out the methods and processes. Updates to this edition include:
With contributions from Beth Perry (University of Salford) and Carole Sutton (University of Plymouth).
|About the author|
Tim May is Professor and Director, Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK. He is author of Social Research and Reflexivity (2011), co-author of Situating Social Theory (2008) and editor of the series Issues in Society (Open University Press).
|Table of contents|
Part One: Issues in social research
Perspectives on social scientific research
Social theory and social research
Values and ethics in the research process
Part Two: Methods of social research
Official statistics: Topics and resources
Social surveys: Design to analysis
Interviewing: Methods and process
Participant observation: Perspectives and practice
Documentary research: Excavations and evidence
Case study research
Comparative research: Potential and problems
Part Three: Research in practice
Reflections on Research in practice