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"'An excellent guidebook through different approaches to social science measurement, including the all-important route-maps that show us how to get there' - Roger Jowell, City University. 'Over the last decade at least there has been an avalanche of social research methods books, almost all of which are concerned to unproblematically purvey methodological material to ever more particular market niches, often using purportedly new repackagings What is needed, instead, is the deepening of methodological knowledge and the widening of reflective discussions around social research. In this wide-ranging collection of chapters, written by acknowledged experts in their fields, Outhwaite and Turner have brought together material in one volume which will provide an extremely important platform for consideration of the full range of contemporary analytical and methodological issues' ...

Introduction
Introduction
WilliamOuthwaite

The social sciences are confronted with the reality that their subject matter is carried out by or is the product of the activities of persons with their own understandings of what they do. These understandings are characteristically not particularly valuable with respect to the making of aggregate predictions. The ...

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