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Methods of Social Research (5s)

Methods of Social Research (5s)

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Open University Press
Buckingham·Philadelphia
SOCIAL RESEARCH
Issues, methods and process
THIRD EDITION
Tim May
 
Open University PressCeltic Court22 BallmoorBuckinghamMK18 1XWemail: enquiries@openup.co.ukworld wide web: www.openup.co.ukand325 Chestnut StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19106, USAFirst edition published 1993. Reprinted 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996Second edition published 1997. Reprinted 1998, 1999First published in this third edition 2001Copyright © Tim May 2001All rights reserved. Except for the quotation of short passages for the purposeof criticism and review, no part of this publication may be reproduced, storedin a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic,mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior writtenpermission of the publisher or a licence from the Copyright Licensing AgencyLimited. Details of such licences (for reprographic reproduction) may beobtained from the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd of 90 Tottenham CourtRoad, London, W1P 0LP.A catalogue record of this book is available from the British LibraryISBN0 335 20612 3 (pb)0 335 20613 1 (hb)
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
May, Tim, 1957–Social research: issues, methods and process / Tim May. – 3rd ed.p.cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 0–335–20613–1 – ISBN 0–335–20612–3 (pbk.)1. Social sciences–Research.2. Social sciences–Research–Methodology.3.Sociology–Research.4. Sociology–Methodology.I. Title.H62.M3252001300
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2dc212001021073Typeset by Graphicraft Limited, Hong KongPrinted in Great Britain by Biddles Limited, Guildford and King’s Lynn
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
x
Preface to the second edition
xi
Preface to the third edition
xiii
Introduction
1The aim of the book2An overview of Part I2An overview of Part II3
PART IISSUES IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
5
1Perspectives on social scientific research
7Schools of thought in social research8Objectivity9Positivism9Empiricism11Realism11Subjectivity13Idealism14Building bridges15Postmodernism16Feminisms and research17Challenging the scientistic cloak18Reason and emotion20The critique of disengagement21Biography21Feminist epistemologies22Women, race and research25Summary26Suggested further reading27

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