Applied Social Science Methodology: An Introductory Guide

Applied Social Science Methodology: An Introductory Guide

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John Gerring
Cambridge University Press, 4/27/2017
EAN 9781107416819, ISBN10: 1107416817

Paperback, 444 pages, 24.6 x 18.9 x 2 cm
Language: English

This textbook provides a clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to methodological issues encountered by the various social science disciplines. It emphasizes applications, with detailed examples, so that readers can put these methods to work in their research. Within a unified framework, John Gerring and Dino Christenson integrate a variety of methods - descriptive and causal, observational and experimental, qualitative and quantitative. The text covers a wide range of topics including research design, data-gathering techniques, statistics, theoretical frameworks, and social science writing. It is designed both for those attempting to make sense of social science, as well as those aiming to conduct original research. The text is accompanied by online practice questions, exercises, examples, and additional resources, including related readings and websites. An essential resource for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in communications, criminal justice, economics, business, finance, management, education, environmental policy, international development, law, political science, public health, public policy, social work, sociology, and urban planning.

Part I. Building Blocks
1. A unified framework
2. Arguments
3. Concepts and measures
4. Analyses
Part II. Causality
5. Causal frameworks
6. Causal hypotheses and analyses
7. Experimental designs
8. Large-N observational designs
9. Case study designs
10. Diverse tools of causal inference
Part III. Process and Presentation
11. Reading and reviewing
12. Brainstorming
13. Data gathering
14. Writing
15. Speaking
16. Ethics
Part IV. Statistics
17. Data management
18. Univariate statistics
19. Probability distributions
20. Statistical inference
21. Bivariate statistics
22. Regression
23. Causal inference
24. Appendix