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Social Research: Issues, methods and process

Tim May (Author)
Synopsis The fully revised and updated third edition of this hugely popular text incorporates the latest development in the interdisciplinary field of social research, while retaining the style and structure that appealed to so many in the first two editions. Tim May 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 I examining the issues and perspectives in social research and Part II setting out the methods and processes. Revisions and additions have been made to part I to take account of few ways of thinking about the relationship between theory and research, and values and ethics in the research process. These take on board advances in post-empiricist thinking, as well as the relations between value, objectivity and data collection. Where necessary, recommended reading and references to studies that from the bases of discussions throughout the book have been updated. In Part II, additions have been made to the chapter on questionnaires, and elsewhere new discussions have been introduced, for example, on research on the internet, narratives, case studies and new technologies. The reader will detect many other changes, the intention of which is to aid understanding by staying up-to-date with the latest innovations in social research. The chapters follow a common structure to enable a clear appreciation of the place, process and analysis of each method, and to allow the comparison of their strengths and weaknesses in the context of discussions in Part I.

The clear writing style, chapter summaries, questions for reflection and signposts to further readings continue to make this book the ideal companion to social research for students across the social sciences. In addition, it will be recognized as an invaluable source of reference for those practicing social researchers.
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About the author

Tim May

Tim May, Director, Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, University of Salford. His writings include Probation: Politics, Policy and Practice (1991) and Situating Social Theory (1996), both published by Open University Press. He has also written, with Malcolm Williams, Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research (1996), and with Zygmunt Bauman, Thinking Sociologically (2001). He has co-edited, with Dick Hobbs, Interpreting the Field: Accounts of Ethnography (1993), with A. Vass, Working With Offenders: Issues, Context and Outcomes (1996), and with Malcolm Williams, Knowing the Social World (1998), and is editing Qualitative Research: An International Guide to Issues in Practice (2002). He is editor of the Open University Press series, Issues in Society.

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Bibliographic information

Title Social Research: Issues, methods and process
Author Tim May
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.08.2009
Edition 3rd ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131602915, 9788131602911
length xiv+258p., Bibliography; Index; 25cm.