This book covers a wide range of contemporary methods for researching social problems and connects these approaches to the broader substance and theories of social problems. Expository and discursive in approach, chapters follow a uniform structure, with each offering research examples and a broad description of the related method and its theoretical context, together with a "how-to" guide for applying that method using substantive examples from the field of social problems. For every method explored, there is a research example that fully reviews and illustrates the application of the particular method, before giving a full assessment of the method's strengths and weaknesses and latest developments. With chapters exploring survey interviews, in-depth interviews, narrative inquiry, institutional ethnography, participatory action research, auto-ethnography, Actor-Network Theory, experimental research, visual research methods, and research ethics, Researching Social Problems will appeal to scholars and students of sociology and politics working in the fields of research methods and social problems.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"The significance of Researching Social Problems stems from the focus on methods for studying the complex "whats" and "hows" of everyday troubles in relation to social problems. Narrative, context, image, and transformation are among the analytic concepts deftly addressed in this impressive compilation." - Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri, USA
"Researching Social Problems is an important and original contribution outlining an essential set of "tools for the purpose of producing knowledge," specifically and uniquely regarding social problems. The book is unmatched in the field of social problems research." - James A. Holstein, Marquette University, USA
"This is a stunningly useful resource for anyone teaching or using social research methods. The book's carefully curated chapters are smart and lucid about contemporary research strategies and issues." - Lois Presser, University of Tennessee, USA