Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
How Do We Know What We Know?
Science, Social Science, and Sociology
Why Should We Care?
Design and Goals of This Text
Chapter 2: Linking Methods With Theory
Micro, Meso, and Macro Approaches
Paradigms, Theories, and How They Shape a Researcher’s Approach
Inductive or Deductive? Two Different Approaches
Revisiting an Earlier Question
Chapter 3: Research Ethics
Research on Humans
Specific Ethical Issues to Consider
Ethics at Micro, Meso, and Macro Levels
The Practice of Science Versus the Uses of Science
Chapter 4: Beginning a Research Project
Starting Where You Already Are
Is It Empirical?
Is It Sociological?
Is It a Question?
Chapter 5: Research Design
Goals of the Research Project
Qualitative or Quantitative? Some Specific Considerations
Components of a Research Project
Chapter 6: Defining and Measuring Concepts
Complexities in Measurement
Chapter 7: Sampling
Populations Versus Samples
Sampling in Qualitative Research
Sampling in Quantitative Research
A Word of Caution: Questions to Ask About Samples
Chapter 8: Survey Research: A Quantitative Technique
Survey Research: What Is It and When Should It Be Used?
Pros and Cons of Survey Research
Types of Surveys
Designing Effective Questions and Questionnaires
Analysis of Survey Data
Chapter 9: Interviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Interview Research: What Is It and When Should It Be Used?
Qualitative Interview Techniques and Considerations
Quantitative Interview Techniques and Considerations
Issues to Consider for All Interview Types
Chapter 10: Field Research: A Qualitative Technique
Field Research: What Is It and When to Use It?
Pros and Cons of Field Research
Analysis of Field Research Data
Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Unobtrusive Research: What Is It and When to Use It?
Pros and Cons of Unobtrusive Research
Unobtrusive Data Collected by You
Analyzing Others’ Data
Reliability in Unobtrusive Research
Chapter 12: Other Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
Chapter 13: Sharing Your Work
Deciding What to Share and With Whom to Share It
Presenting Your Research
Writing Up Research Results
Chapter 14: Reading and Understanding Social Research
Reading Reports of Sociological Research
Being a Responsible Consumer of Research
Media Reports of Sociological Research
Sociological Research: It’s Everywhere
Chapter 15: Research Methods in the Real World
Doing Research for a Living
Doing Research for a Cause
Revisiting an Earlier Question: Why Should We Care?