An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research

Paperback Social Research Today

By (author) Malcolm Williams, By (author) Tim May, By (author) Richard Wiggins, Foreword by Alan Bryman


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 14mm | 345g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857283120
  • ISBN 13: 9781857283129
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,521,625

Product description

This is an accessible introduction to the philosophy of social research which relates philosophical ideas to actual research practice. The book makes effective use of illustrations from the UK, US and Europe to examine specific problems and broader issues. The book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social research methods within sociology, social policy, politics, social psychology, human geography; philosophy of social science and social theory courses; and as a personal reference for professional researchers.

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Table of contents

What is science?; philosophy, social science and method; knowing the social world; objectivity and values in social research; philosophical issues in the process of social research; post-structuralism, postmodernism and social research.