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Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use, 2nd Edition.


Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use, 2nd Edition

Liahna E. Gordon



321 pages



Many now argue that sociology is not, nor should be, a science, says Gordon, so if research in sociology is not science based, how does it differ from common sense or mere opinion. She identifies three important characteristics: social research is systematic, involves data based on evidence from the real world rather than theory or ideas, and involves analyzing the data and drawing conclusions. She explains the principles and practices of gathering and analyzing data and presenting new interpretations. Among her topics are observation and ethnography, existing statistics research, and focus groups. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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