Key Concepts in the Philosophy of Social Research - Sage Key Concepts Series (Hardback)Malcolm Williams (author)
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"This is a splendid book, providing a readable and reliable guide to a very large range of topics and literature... the author brings together, as few of us can, the details of research methodology and practice with broader philosophical perspectives and approaches."
- William Outhwaite, Emeritus Professor, Newcastle University
"We need researchers who are philosophically informed rather than philosophically obsessed or philosophically oppressed. With this book Malcolm Williams strikes the exact balance."
- Ray Pawson, Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds
The book covers everything from core research methods, to ethical concerns and an exploration of the metaphysics of social life, with each entry providing:
Clear definitionsEngaging real world examplesUp-do-date suggestions for further readingInformative cross-referencingLists of key thinkers. Relevant and authoritative, this book is an indispensable introduction to the philosophy of social research.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 18 mm
Newcomers to social research are often bemused by the plethora of different philosophical principles upon which it is based. Worse still, they are often press-ganged into the belief that they must uphold the 'one true paradigm' and slay all others before they enter the field. What they actually need is a lucid overview, which describes in an even-handed way the many concepts and perspectives on offer. We need researchers who are philosophically informed rather than philosophically obsessed or philosophically oppressed. With this book Malcolm Williams strikes the exact balance. -- Ray Pawson
This book is a real treat: the writing is unusually good, there is interesting and insightful content, and the coverage is broad. Social scientists regularly make philosophical assumptions; Williams' book will help them do so in a conscious and sophisticated way.-- Harold Kincaid
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