Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 March 1998

176 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195119039

Bookseller Code (04)

The Craft of Inquiry

Theories, Methods, Evidence

Robert R. Alford

In The Craft of Inquiry, Robert Alford suggests there are three basic explanatory approaches to sociology: multivariate, interpretive, and historical. Alford examines each approach through the lens of the other two and analyzes the ways these three models of explanation work and relate to one another. The text is intended to show students at a middle level of acquaintance with sociology how research emerges from, and interacts with, theory. It is designed to help students formulate, reformulate, and pursue their own theoretically-informed research. It also offers a vocabulary to guide novice researchers through the maze of the process. Full of direct, lucid, and informative accounts of actual research efforts, this text is engaging and important reading for any student interested in developing strong, effective social research skills.

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