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Social Research Methods

Fifth Edition

Alan Bryman

Publication Date - February 2016

ISBN: 9780199689453

824 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $109.99

Bridges the gap between theory and practice in Social Research Methods


This introduction to research methods provides students and researchers with unrivalled coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, making it invaluable for anyone embarking on social research.

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Social Research Methods, Fifth Edition, is packed full of engaging examples and practical tips to equip students with the tools and knowledge needed for them to complete their own research projects. In addition to providing practical advice, author Alan Bryman deftly explores the nature of social research and the wider issues impinging on it.

About the Author(s)

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

Table of Contents

    Part One
    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
    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
    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
    26. Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide
    27. Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research
    28. Writing up social research

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