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Social Research Methods

Fifth Edition

Alan Bryman

December 2015

ISBN: 9780199689453

784 pages
Paperback
265x195mm

In Stock

Price: £37.99

The most comprehensive introduction to social research methods which guides students through the whole research process from formulating a research question to writing up.

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The most comprehensive introduction to social research methods which guides students through the whole research process from formulating a research question to writing up.

  • An introductory one-stop reference for students and researchers that offers unrivalled coverage of both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Guides students through the whole research process from formulating a research question to writing up their findings
  • Packed full of practical tips and advice to help students undertake their own dissertation and research while avoiding common pitfalls

New to this edition

  • E-research has been integrated throughout the book, reflecting the fact that internet-based research methods can no longer be treated separately from the main research process
  • New sections on Big Data, Skype interviewing, computer assisted content analysis, and using mobile phones as a platform for surveys
  • A new 'Research in the News' feature demonstrates how social research informs the headlines and raises interesting methodological issues
  • New coverage of mixed mode surveys, experience and event sampling and thematic synthesis for systematic reviews

About the Author(s)

Alan Bryman, Professor of Organisational and Social Research, University of Leicester

Alan Bryman is Professor of Organisational and Social Research at the University of Leicester.

Table of Contents

    Part One: The Research Process
    1: The nature and process of social research
    2: Social research strategies: quantitative research and qualitative research
    3: Research designs
    4: Planning a research project and formulating research questions
    5: Getting started: reviewing the literature
    6: Ethics and politics in social research
    Part Two: Quantitative Research
    7: The nature of quantitative research
    8: Sampling in quantitative research
    9: Structured interviewing
    10: Self-administered questionnaires
    11: Asking questions
    12: Structured observation
    13: Content analysis
    14: Using existing data
    15: Quantitative data analysis
    16: Using IBM SPSS for Windows
    Part Three: Qualitative Research
    17: The nature of qualitative research
    18: Sampling in qualitative research
    19: Ethnography and participant observation
    20: Interviewing in qualitative research
    21: Focus groups
    22: Language in qualitative research
    23: Documents as sources of data
    24: Qualitative data analysis
    25: Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis: using NVivo
    Part Four: Mixed Methods Research and Writing Up
    26: Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide
    27: Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research
    28: Writing up social research

Reviews

Review from previous edition Perfectly organized and precisely written, Bryman's Social Research Methods remains the essential text. The book will continue to underpin research methods teaching across the social sciences, and to shape, guide and spur on the work of current and future generations of social researchers. - Richard Giulianotti, Professor of Sociology, Durham University

This book is an indispensable guide for every social science student, introducing the fundamental principles and underlying theories of the subject, while also offering a practical toolkit for carrying out social research. - Hannah Russell, MA Student in Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham