Conceptual Foundations of Social Research Methods
- ISBN: 9781594510717
- Extent: 192pp
- Release Date: 01 Mar 2005
- Size: 229mm x 152mm
- Format: Paperback
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- Category: Education
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This book probes the complex methodological choices facing social researchers and students who are applying or learning the methods of social research.
The author shows how an understanding of social research requires close consideration of the underlying conceptual frameworks – from neopositivism to structuralism, hermeneutics and anti-foundationalism – that shape how one studies society.
Baranov introduces each philosophical tradition and shows how decisions about research design and methodology are affected by them. He also explains the practical and ethical consequences that follow from methodological choices. The book’s approach is non-doctrinaire and the prose style is accessible, concrete, and jargon-free.
About The Author
David Baronov is an assistant professor of Sociology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He is the author most recently ofThe Abolition of Slavery in Brazil (2000).