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A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.

This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).

Key Features

Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social ...

Crime: Fear, Law Enforcement, and Punishment
Crime: Fear, law enforcement, and punishment

In this chapter, you will use your research tools and computer skills to answer some questions about crime in the United States: Who is most fearful of crime? Who most supports increased spending on law enforcement? Who most supports the death penalty, the ultimate punishment? These questions provide the subjects of the research reports and independent projects in this chapter. The chapter will also introduce multivariate analysis, a research technique that allows us to examine relationships between more than two variables.

About Crime

We should give some attention to the general matter of crime before proceeding. First of all, we note that the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS) did not ask respondents directly about their involvement ...

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