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The Resource The craft of inquiry : theories, methods, evidence, Robert R. Alford

The craft of inquiry : theories, methods, evidence, Robert R. Alford

Label
The craft of inquiry : theories, methods, evidence
Title
The craft of inquiry
Title remainder
theories, methods, evidence
Statement of responsibility
Robert R. Alford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In his provocative new book, Robert Alford proposes that the starting point for any researcher in the process and craft of inquiry should begin with an understanding of how to translate elements of his/her own history, personal experience, and issues, which can then be formulated into research questions. Alford presents three basic explanatory approaches to sociology - multivariate, interpretive, and historical - as well as examples of each from such luminaries as Durkheim, Goffman, Weber, Marx, and William Julius Wilson. Upon critical examination, Alford finds each of these three approaches either oversimplified or incomplete. To fill this gap, Alford proposes a tripartite approach that examines each approach through the lens of the other two and analyzes the ways these three models of explanation work and relate to one another. The text is intended to show students how research emerges from, and interacts with, theory. It is designed to help students formulate, reformulate, and pursue their own theoretically informed research, as well as provide them with the tools necessary for critically reading the research of others. Using selected examples from both classic and contemporary studies, Alford strives to illustrate the artistic, rather than formulaic, side of research design and presents several ways that research questions can be framed. He also offers a "working vocabulary" to guide novice researchers through the maze of the process. Full of direct, lucid, and informative accounts of actual research efforts, The Craft of Inquiry is engaging and important reading for any student interested in developing strong, effective social research skills, and in becoming a better artist of the craft of inquiry."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
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Alford, Robert R
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Sociology
Label
The craft of inquiry : theories, methods, evidence, Robert R. Alford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • Ch. 1.
  • Craft of Inquiry.
  • p. 11
  • Ch. 2.
  • Designing a Research Project.
  • p. 21
  • Ch. 3.
  • Construction of Arguments.
  • p. 32
  • Ch. 4.
  • Foreground Multivariate Arguments.
  • p. 54
  • Ch. 5.
  • Foreground Interpretive Arguments.
  • p. 72
  • Ch. 6.
  • Foreground Historical Arguments.
  • p. 86
  • Ch. 7.
  • Theoretical Power of Multiple Paradigms.
  • p. 103
  • Ch. 8.
  • Dialectical Explanations and the Sociological Imagination.
  • p. 121
  • Notes.
  • p. 135
  • Selected Readings.
  • p. 147
  • Index.
  • p. 160
Control code
l80097013588
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 168 p.
Isbn
9780195119039
Lccn
lc97013588
Label
The craft of inquiry : theories, methods, evidence, Robert R. Alford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • Ch. 1.
  • Craft of Inquiry.
  • p. 11
  • Ch. 2.
  • Designing a Research Project.
  • p. 21
  • Ch. 3.
  • Construction of Arguments.
  • p. 32
  • Ch. 4.
  • Foreground Multivariate Arguments.
  • p. 54
  • Ch. 5.
  • Foreground Interpretive Arguments.
  • p. 72
  • Ch. 6.
  • Foreground Historical Arguments.
  • p. 86
  • Ch. 7.
  • Theoretical Power of Multiple Paradigms.
  • p. 103
  • Ch. 8.
  • Dialectical Explanations and the Sociological Imagination.
  • p. 121
  • Notes.
  • p. 135
  • Selected Readings.
  • p. 147
  • Index.
  • p. 160
Control code
l80097013588
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 168 p.
Isbn
9780195119039
Lccn
lc97013588

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