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Theory and methods in social research

Rather than your typical ‘how to’ approach, this book offers a cross-perspective that challenges the thinking on how to conduct research and how to draw on sources through strategies and experiences. The reader finishes with an understanding of conducting well-conceptualised research because the text is easy to understand and remember, and applies to other disciplines.

As an invaluable assessment on the use of core social science research theory and methods from personal perspectives, this book is a comprehensive flow from the empirical to the abstract. There is a history for each theory and method presented plus notations on how the framework has evolved and how certain methodologies and pioneers have driven social policy, practice and culture. The text helps the researcher to be objective so as not to lessen the importance of the complexities of the subjects and resources being used to the point where brevity or scope is lost, resulting in substandard research.

Each chapter presents research studies extracted at points of inception, design, construct and completion as a detailed resource of main concepts, methods and evidence-based ideas. Unlike most other similar reference material for researchers, there is textual illustration via experiences from theorists and writers in the field.

Somekh and Lewin provide an

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As an invaluable assessment on the use of core social science research theory and methods from personal perspectives, this book is a comprehensive flow from the empirical to the abstract. There is a history for each theory and method presented plus notations on how the framework has evolved and how certain methodologies and pioneers have driven social policy, practice and culture. The text helps the researcher to be objective so as not to lessen the importance of the complexities of the subjects and resources being used to the point where brevity or scope is lost, resulting in substandard research.

Each chapter presents research studies extracted at points of inception, design, construct and completion as a detailed resource of main concepts, methods and evidence-based ideas. Unlike most other similar reference material for researchers, there is textual illustration via experiences from theorists and writers in the field.

Somekh and Lewin provide an intricate examination of the application of independent truths and facts to evoke progressive thought. This book translates social research as art and proves its practicality; it illuminates the contextual nature of approaching theoretical questions with the human perspective in mind.

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