The Practice of Research

Paperback | July 31, 2013

byShamus Khan, Dana R. Fisher

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This unique reader for research methods courses looks at how social scientists ask and answer questions. The Practice of Research presents a practical guide to doing research by excerpting well-known studies by some of the most distinguished social science researchers in the field today. Theexcerpts represent nine methodological approaches and are accompanied by reflections where authors reveal how they resolved some of the challenges that face almost all research projects.Contributors include:* Jessica Brown, University of Houston* Shelley Correll, Stanford University* Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University* Michael T. Heaney, University of Michigan* Steven Hitlin, University of Iowa; J. Scott Brown, Miami University; and Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina* Ziad Munson, Lehigh University* Mario Luis Small, University of ChicagoThe personal reflections written by authors of each excerpted paper were prepared specifically for this volume. Focusing on the experience of actually doing research, The Practice of Research illustrates methods in action. This volume lets students not just read exemplary papers, but also givesstudents access to these authors as they personally narrate their practical solutions to common research challenges.

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This unique reader for research methods courses looks at how social scientists ask and answer questions. The Practice of Research presents a practical guide to doing research by excerpting well-known studies by some of the most distinguished social science researchers in the field today. Theexcerpts represent nine methodological approa...

Shamus Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School (2011). Dana R. Fisher is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Mar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of contributorsIntroduction: The Practice of Research1. ExperimentationConstraints into Preferences: gender, status, and emerging Career AspirationsReflection by Shelley Correll2. Survey ResearchDigital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the "Net Generation"Reflection by Eszter Hargittai?3. Survey Research, Analyzing Social NetworksPartisans, Nonpartisans, and the Antiwar Movement in the United StatesReflection by Michael Heaney4. Field Observation/EthnographyHow Elite Students Think about "The Staff"Reflection by Shamus Khan5. Field InterviewingRunning an Outsourced CanvassReflection by Dana R. Fisher6. Research Using Available DataRacial Self-Categorization in Adolescence: Multiracial Development And Social PathwaysReflection by Steven Hitlin, Scott Brown, and Glen Elder Jr.7. Research Using Available Data/Historical AnalysisIslamic Mobilization: Social Movement Theory and the Egyptian Muslim BrotherhoodReflection by Ziad Munson8. Research Using Available Data/ Content Analysis"Close Your Eyes and Think of England": Pronatalism in the British Print MediaReflection by Jessica Brown9. Multiple Methods/Mixed MethodsWhy Organizational Ties Matter for Neighborhood Effects: A Study of Resource Access through Childcare CentersReflection by Mario Luis SmallGlossary of Terms