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Social Research Methods


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Part One: The Research Process 1: The nature and process of social research 2: Social research strategies: quantitative research and qualitative research 3: Research designs 4: Planning a research project and formulating research questions 5: Getting started: reviewing the literature 6: Ethics and politics in social research Part Two: Quantitative Research 7: The nature of quantitative research 8: Sampling in quantitative research 9: Structured interviewing 10: Self-administered questionnaires 11: Asking questions 12: Structured observation 13: Content analysis 14: Using existing data 15: Quantitative data analysis 16: Using IBM SPSS for Windows Part Three: Qualitative Research 17: The nature of qualitative research 18: Sampling in qualitative research 19: Ethnography and participant observation 20: Interviewing in qualitative research 21: Focus groups 22: Language in qualitative research 23: Documents as sources of data 24: Qualitative data analysis 25: Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis: using NVivo Part Four: Mixed Methods Research and Writing Up 26: Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide 27: Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research 28: Writing up social research

About the Author

Alan Bryman is Professor of Organisational and Social Research at the University of Leicester.


Review from previous edition: 'Perfectly organized and precisely written, Bryman's Social Research Methods remains the essential text. The book will continue to underpin research methods teaching across the social sciences, and to shape, guide and spur on the work of current and future generations of social researchers.' -- Richard Giulianotti, Professor of Sociology, Durham University`This book is an indispensable guide for every social science student, introducing the fundamental principles and underlying theories of the subject, while also offering a practical toolkit for carrying out social research.' -- Hannah Russell, MA Student in Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham

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