Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.
Contribution to a critique of critical theory / Joseph B. Maier -- The Frankfurt school in New York / Jürgen Habermas -- The idea of critical theory / Alfred Schmidt -- The dialectical imagination by Martin Jay / Heinz Lubasz -- The Frankfurt school and critical theory / Leszek Kolakowski -- Critique of reason from Max Weber to Jürgen Habermas / Michael Landmann -- Irrationalism of the Left / Arnold Künzli -- Reason or revolution? / Karl R. Popper -- The Frankfurt school / Karl R. Popper -- On Walter Benjamin / Georg Lukács -- Lukács and Horkheimer / István Hermann -- Negative philosophy of music / Ferenc Fehér -- Autonomy of art : looking back at Adorno’s Ästhetische Theorie / Peter Uwe Hohendahl -- Critical theory and dialectics / Paul F. Lazarsfeld -- The struggle of reason against total bureaucratization / Franco Ferrarotti -- The positivist dispute in retrospect / Reinhard Kreckel -- The uses of psychoanalysis in critical theory and structuralism / Edith Kurzweil -- Partisan truth / Michael Löwy -- The political contradictions in Adorno’s critical theory / Hans-Jürgen Krahl.
The purpose of this book is to explain and demonstrate to students when to use and how to apply the quantitative and qualitative techniques that they will need to do their own social research. Using actual examples from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and education, this book provides readers with a conceptual understanding of each technique and shows them how to use it. Social Research Methods shows that a book on research methods can incorporate comprehensiveness, sophistication, and clear writing. It conveniently packages nearly everything one needs to know or think about before or while carrying out social and behavioral research.
This book explains and demonstrates to students when to use and how to apply the quantitative and qualitative techniques that they′ll need to do their own social research. Using actual examples from psychology, sociology, anthropology, health and education, the book provides readers with both a conceptual understanding of each technique as well as showing them how to use the technique.
Focused on the underlying logic behind social research, Methodological Thinking: Basic Principles of Social Research Design by Donileen R. Loseke encourages readers to understand research methods as a way of thinking. The book provides a concise overview of the basic principles of social research, including the characteristics of research questions, the importance of literature reviews, variations in data generation techniques, and sampling. The Second Edition includes a revised chapter on research foundations, with focus on the philosophy of science and ethics; an emphasis on critical thinking; additional attention to evaluating research; and a new selection of briefer, multidisciplinary journal articles designed to be accessible to a wide variety of readers.