Sociology consists of a myriad of frequently confusing concepts. Key Concepts in Sociology provides a comprehensive, lively and clearly-written guide to the most important concepts in the subject. It includes both what might be regarded as ‘classic’ sociological concepts, such as ‘class’, ‘bureaucracy’ and ‘community’, as well as subjects that have become increasingly prominent in recent times, such as ‘celebrity’, ‘risk’ and ‘the body’.

Each of the thirty-eight substantive entries: Defines the concept; provides a clear and compelling narrative; clarifies the main debates, perspectives and disagreements; gives advice on further reading

Key Concepts in Sociology should be the first choice for sociology students at all levels of learning.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Qualitative and quantitative research

Qualitative and quantitative research methods have generally been treated as opposites and their respective practitioners have often regarded each other as occupying enemy camps. For example, Burchill (2006) stated that sociology had been much preoccupied throughout its history by disputes between advocates of these methodologies: both King et al. (1996: 3) and Marsh et al. (1996: 110) described relations between the advocates of each research method as resembling a war, and Bilton et al. argued that while it was becoming less significant for many researchers, ‘this methodological fault-line has been the principal divide within sociological theory and research’ (1996: 109).

There are those who see quantitative and qualitative methodologies and their underlying epistemologies as irreconcilable, though others consider this ...

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