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The book explores methodological approaches in three key areas - personal life and relationships; places and mobilities, and socio-cultural change. These work as vehicles to expound methodological issues and challenges that are relevant across a much wider range of domains.Understanding Social Research brings together leading researchers in the social sciences ' including sociology, health, geography, psychology and social statistics - to elaborate their approach to research design and practice, based on their own research experience, and to consider what kinds of knowledge their methods can produce. Each of the contributing authors reflects on their own methods and identifies what is distinctive about them. The book contains fascinating insights into how the knowledge we produce is shaped by the methods we choose and use.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Creative Tensions in Social Research: Questions of Method
Researching Relationships and Personal Life
Experimenting with Qualitative Methods: Researching Family Resemblance
Using Psychoanalytic Methodology in Psychosocial Research: Researching Brothers
Using Biographical and Longitudinal Methods: Researching Mothering
Using Social Network Analysis: Researching Relational Structure
Using Survey Data: Researching Families and Households
Ethnographies of Place: Researching the Road
Using Sociotechnical Methods: Researching Human-Technological Dynamics in the City
Using Participatory, Observational and 'Rapid Appraisal' Methods: Researching Health And Illness
Innovative Ways of Mapping Data About Places
Using Archived Qualitative Data: Researching Socio-cultural Change
What's History Got to Do With it? Researching Sexual Histories
Using Qualitative Methods to Complement Randomized Controlled Trials: Researching Mental Health Interventions
Exploring the Narrative Potential of Cohort Data and Event History Analysis
Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Researching Changing Health in Later Life
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