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Social Research Methods [Paperback]

Alan Bryman
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1 April 2001
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study and implementation of social research methods. It gives students an assessment of the contexts within which different methods can be used, explaining how social research is carried out and offering advice for independent social research study. All the major research methods and designs are covered, with theoretical discussions illustrated by practical examples to aid understanding. Both quantitative and qualitative research are explored in depth, with an assessment of how these are distinguished alongside discussions of the ways in which these two research strategies can be usefully combined. This balanced approach encourages an appreciation of the variety inherent in social research methods, and offers students a diversity of transferable skills. Illustrated throughout with a wide range of examples, this book provides a practical approach and is the essential introduction to social research methods for all students of this subject. ACCOMPANYING WEB SITE: A web site to work alongside the book, featuring powerpoint slides providing an entire lecture course (can be used in any order), revision questions, additional examples, and lecturer material.


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  • Paperback: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st Edition edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198742045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198742043
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alan Bryman is to Research Methods as Paganini to the violin: he makes a daunting, complex field accessible, informative, enlarging and pleasurable. This is already "required reading" in the field. The new edition is so good that it is now "required reading" on pain of death. (Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology and Culture, Brunel University)

Perfectly organised and precisely written, Bryman's (Richard Giulianotti, Professor of Sociology, Durham University)

remains the essential text for anyone interested in how to do social research. The book will continue to underpin research methods teaching across the social sciences, and to shape, guide, and spur on the work of current and future generations of social researchers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide to research methods 18 Dec 2003
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This is the best, and most comprehensive guide to social science research methods currently available. It is extremely clear with plenty of examples and a user-friendly layout. It is very up-to-date and well written. The author is an established expert on methodology who has made important original contributions to the development of research methods. For most purposes, the only book you need on social research.
Martin Holborn
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 13 Jun 2005
By mjpip91
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I've almost read all the research texts so far, and this is the best book in the feild of social/business research, especially for postgraduate students.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book on Social Methods 28 Dec 2012
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I bought the book to study for a social methods assessment day and although very long (700 plus pages) it really helped me to revise and to learn about new concepts and methods. I have only used a small number of research methods textbooks but I woud highly recommend this one especially for what you get as well as the case studies which are used throughout to illustrate concepts and research methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have. 22 May 2013
By Emma
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I bought this book in the hopes that it would help me with my degree (Currently a student in Criminology) and this book has been an absolute lifesaver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Social Research Methods 10 Sep 2012
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This masterpiece by Alan Bryman is a must read for researchers in the social science domain. I needed a proper guide to understanding research parameters in the Social Sciences and this book has provided me a very easy-to-understand read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It was recommended reading, so I decided to buy it jointly with my boyfriend. It has been so useful, and thats without even using all the online resources it comes with! It's laid out very clearly, and has sections for both qualitative and quantitative research. Don't start a dissertation without one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any sociology student 18 Dec 2013
By Ms. O'C
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This is the only social research methods book you need,
it gives you everything ....... easy to read and understand, with web-links and additional resources included :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 31 May 2013
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This book got me through my degree.

An excellent book to dip into for various research methods, with plenty of examples and further reading. I bought this book originally for a research methods module taken at university, but found it useful across many assignments and my dissertation. A must-have for students of the social sciences.

Although this edition has been superseded, I found no problems with out-of-date content. It was thorough, easy to use, and well-written.
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