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.

Conclusion and Magic Formulae

Conclusion and magic formulae

What we have attempted to write is a brief guide through the vast and complicated land of research in the human and social sciences. Our guidebook is not a how-to manual but a way of understanding how the various approaches to social research view the world. The postmodern situation we face in our lifeworlds and as scholars at the turn of the century is unique in that it requires us to return to social philosophy and epistemology. The Tower of Babel of the multiple disciplines, theories, methodologies, cultures of inquiry, and paradigms can only be comprehended and mastered with the senses of a philosopher.

The change in perspective required is equivalent to the change in viewpoint toward the Earth ...

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