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Readings in Social Research Methods, 3rd Edition

  • Diane Kholos Wysocki University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • ISBN-10: 0495093378  |  ISBN-13: 9780495093374
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2001
  • © 2008 | Published
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Overview

This reader is designed to accompany any main text in research methods or be used as a stand-alone reader. It has been closely patterned on the range of topics covered in Earl Babbie's best selling texts, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH, 11/e and BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH, 4/e. The reader focuses on the core methodologies of the social research methods course and provides illustrations of those methods. The articles describe real world applications and research and show students how research is conducted and reported.

Features and Benefits

  • A general Introduction to the book discusses the goals of social research methods and explains how each part of the text relates to the bigger picture of what it means to engage in social research.
  • Each chapter opens with an introduction discussing the key concepts and methods of the chapter (with terms in boldface type) and shows how the articles chosen fit into the chapter's coverage.
  • Each article is preceded by a brief essay about what the student should be looking for when reading the article.
  • A list of references are included at the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents.
PART I AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY.
Ch. 1: Here We Go! Get Ready to Find out Why You Should Learn About Research Methods.
1. From the Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills.
2. The Reality of Everyday Life, Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann.
Ch. 2: Research and Theory: They Go Hand in Hand.
3. School Tracking and Student Violence, Lissa J. Yogan.
4. Murder Followed by Suicide in Australia, 1973�1992: A Research Note, Jo Barnes.
Ch. 3: Ethics: You Must Have Ethics in Life and Especially In Research.
5. Taking Names: The Ethics of Indirect Recruitment in Research on Sexual Networks, Lewis H. Margolis.
6. The Ethics of Conducting Social-Science Research on the Internet, James C. Hamilton.
7. Code of Ethics, American Sociological Association.
PART II THE STRUCTURING OF INQUIRY.
Ch. 4: Research Design: Now it's Time to Plan.
8. Public Assistance Receipt Among Immigrants and Natives:
How the Unit of Analysis Affects Research Findings, Jennifer Van Hook, Jennifer E. Glick, and Frank D. Bean.
9. Consequences of Participating in a Longitudinal Study of Marriage, Joseph Veroff, Shirley Hatchett, and Elizabeth Douvan.
Ch. 5: Conceptualization and Operationalization: We Have to Explain What We are Studying.
10. An epidemiological survey on the presence of toxic chemicals in soaps and cosmetics used by adolescent female students from a Nigerian University, Obuekwe; Ifeyinwa Flossy; Ochei Uche Mabel; M. Pharm.
11. Conceptualization of Terrorism, Jack P. Gibbs.
Ch. 6: Indexes and Scales: Now we get to measure it all!
12. A study of differences in business ethical values in Mainland China, the U.S. and Jamaica, Lillian Y. Fok; Sandra J. Hartman; Kern Kwong.
13. The Reverse Social Distance Scale. Motoko Y. Lee, Stephen G. Sapp, and Melvin C. Ray.
Ch. 7: Sampling Made Easy.
14. Sex in America, Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann,
and Gina Kolata.
15. The Eurowinter project: the use of market/social research methods in an international scientific study, Colin McDonald.
PART III MODES OF OBSERVATIONS.
Ch. 8: Experimental and Survey Research: Putting it all Together.
16. Prepaid monetary incentives and data quality in face-to-face interviews: data from the 1996 survey of income and program participation incentive experiment, Michael Davern; Todd H. Rockwood; Randy Sherrod; Stephen Campbell.
17. Sex in America-The Sex Survey, Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata.
18. The Internet and Opinion Measurement: Surveying Marginalized Populations, Nadine S. Koch and Jolly A. Emrey.
Ch. 9: Field Research and Unobtrusive Measures: Fun in the Field.
19. Comparisons between Thai adolescent voices and Thai adolescent health literature,
Vipavee Thongpriwan; Beverly J. McElmurry.
20. Amateur Stripping and Gaming Encounters: Fun in Games
or Gaming as Fun?, Julie Ann Harms Cannon, Thomas C. Calhoun, and Rhonda Fisher.
21. Thinking Through the Heart, Ann Goetting.
Ch. 10: Existing Data and Evaluation Research: Let's find out what works.
22. What Sociologists Do and Where They Do It-The NSF Survey
on Sociologist's Work Activities and Workplaces, Robert J. Dotzler and Ross Koppel.
23. Professors Who Make the Grade (Factors That Affect Students' Grades.
of Professors), Vicky L. Seiler and Michael J. Seiler.
Appendix: Writing and Reading a Research Paper.
24. Construction of Masculinity: A Look into the Lives of Heterosexual Male Transvestites, Diane Kholos Wysocki.
Glossary.

What's New

  • The author has streamlined this edition.
  • A new feature "suggested films" is included in each chapter. Films can we watched by students on their own time, or shown in class.
  • A new appendix called "Writing and Reading a Research Paper" includes a new sample paper written by the author, called "Construction of Masculinity: A Look into the Lives of Heterosexual Male Transvestites".
  • New and expanded coverage on ethics including: American Sociological Association's Code of Ethics, and several new articles.
  • A new article: Taking Names: The Ethics of Indirect Recruitment in Research on Sexual Networks by Lewis H. Margolis.
  • A new article: An epidemiological survey on the presence of toxic chemicals in soaps and cosmetics used by adolescent female students from a Nigerian University by Obuekwe; Ifeyinwa Flossy; Ochei Uche Mabel; M. Pharm.
  • A new article: A Study of differences in business ethical values in mainland China, the U.S. and Jamaica by Lillian Y. Fok; Sandra J. Hartman; Kern Kwong.
  • A new article: The Eurowinter project: the use of market/social research methods in an international scientific study by Colin McDonald.
  • Prepaid monetary incentives and data quality in face-to-face interviews are included: data from the 1996 survey of income an program participation incentive experiment by Michael Davern; Todd H. Rockwood; Randy Sherrod; Stephen Campbell.
  • Comparisons between Thai adolescent voices and Thai adolescent health literature by Vipavee Thongpriwan; Beverly J. McElmurry.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Diane Kholos Wysocki

Diane Kholos Wysocki grew up in Denver, CO and spent 8 years working as a surgical technician before starting college. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in sociology at Arizona State University and her MA and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Wysocki is now an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of Women's Studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.