This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

Research: The New Context and a New Approach

Research: The new context and a new approach

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” These words by Charles A Dickens truly describe your situation today if you are starting out as a social science or human science researcher. We are “in over our heads,” as Robert Kegan's book (1994) suggests, not only as people facing life in postmodern society but as researchers. The postmodern period follows the supposed triumph of science and rationality, calls them into question, and produces an array of diverse and divergent conceptions of knowledge. Over the past quarter century, and increasingly in the past decade, the human and social sciences have been undergoing the proliferation and diversification of ...

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