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    DescriptionStudying a social science degree? Need to know how to develop your research methods and write up your results more effectively? In the fourth edition of this lively and engaging textbook, Alan Bryman presents students with an updated and all-encompassing guide to the principle techniques and methodology in the field of Social Research. Adopting a coherent and student-friendly format, the book offers an encyclopaedic introduction to social research methodology, and considers a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods to help students identify and evaluate the best approach for their research needs. Building on the success of the previous editions, this book is concerned with the ways that social researchers approach their craft. Bryman guides the reader through all aspects of the research process including formulating objectives, choosing research methods, securing research participants, as well as advice on how to effectively collect, analyse and interpret data and disseminate those findings to others. This fourth edition features a new 'supervisor experience' feature, which offers helpful tips from the supervisor's perspective on successful research, as well as a new chapter which tackles the sampling issues faced by qualitative researchers in a more consolidated fashion than in previous editions. Substantial updates have also been made to the existing material, particularly the internet research section, which has been fully revised to accommodate the extensive developments in this area. An Online Resource Centre accompanies the text and includes: For students: A student researcher's toolkit, providing guidance and advice on every aspect of social research Student experience podcasts Self-marking multiple choice questions for revision Annotated web links to useful articles, reviews, models and research guides A guide to using Excel in data analysis For lecturers: A lecturer's guide including lecture outlines, reading lists and teaching activities A suite of customisable PowerPoint slides Figures and tables from the text Case studies


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    Title
    Social Research Methods
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Bryman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 808
    Width: 196 mm
    Height: 264 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199588053
    ISBN 10: 0199588058
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.1T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JHBC, GPS
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17420
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 06
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    B&T Approval Code: A30140000
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    DC22: 300.72
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC024000
    DC23: 300.72
    LC classification: H62 .B787 2012
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/SOCLAS
    Thema V1.0: JHBC, GPS
    Edition
    4, Revised
    Edition statement
    4th Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    55 colour line & 43 colour half tone
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    21 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Alan Bryman is Professor of Organisational and Social Research at the University of Leicester
    Review quote
    Alan Bryman is to Research Methods as Paganini to the violin: he makes a daunting, complex field accessible, informative, enlarging and pleasurable. This is already "required reading" in the field. The new edition is so good that it is now "required reading" on pain of death. Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology and Culture, Brunel University Perfectly organised and precisely written, Bryman's Social Research Methods remains the essential text for anyone interested in how to do social research. 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 Alan Bryman is one of the very few working social researchers who are as comfortable with qualitative research as quantitative. That he can communicate clearly his enthusiasm and expertise in decent prose, with a sensitive eye to the student experience, is a bonus. This new, fourth edition of Social Research Methods can only enhance the reputation of its predecessors. As a one-stop, authoritative handbook, there are no serious competitors. Richard Jenkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield
    Table of contents
    PART ONE ; 1. The nature and process of social research ; 2. Social research strategies ; 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 ; 7. The nature of quantitative research ; 8. Sampling ; 9. Structured interviewing ; 10. Self-completion questionnaires ; 11. Asking questions ; 12. Structured observation ; 13. Content analysis ; 14. Secondary analysis and official statistics ; 15. Quantitative data analysis ; 16. Using SPSS for Windows ; PART THREE ; 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 ; 26. Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide ; 27. Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research ; 28. E-research: Internet research methods ; 29. Writing up social research