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Mental Health Service Users in Research: Critical Sociological Perspectives
Mental Health Service Users in Research: Critical Sociological Perspectives
by Patsy Staddon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.49

4.0 out of 5 stars ‘A useful guide for practice, 22 Mar. 2016
A thought-provoking and insightful text which will practically guide researchers to improve their approach to service user involvement in mental health research. Its style is academic but the service user voice remains central and it provides a useful overview of the historical context of the silencing of survivor voices and seeks to challenge the traditional power relationship inherent in the medical model approach to engagement.

Claire Fraser, EQUIP Programme Manager, University of Manchester on behalf of the SRA


The Business of People
The Business of People
by Campaign For Social Science
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Title: argument strong, detail lacking?, 22 Mar. 2016
This review is from: The Business of People (Paperback)
The focus is on setting out the value of social science and social scientists to business, the economy, politics and society – a useful argument to make, but the level of detail will be disappointing for practitioners. The recommendations seem sensible, but the examples are generally somewhat underdeveloped, I felt. This booklet might be best seen as a top level summary for policy makers.

Giles Lindon, Civil Service, Government Social Research on behalf of the SRA


The Limits of Social Science
The Limits of Social Science
by Martyn Hammersley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A book which may challenge your preconceptions, 17 Dec. 2015
This book is not a paen to social science as it is currently practised and will be, to use Hammersley’s own word, a ‘deflationary’ read for some. If however you want to read something which may question your preconceptions, read this book. Although theoretical, it is easy to read nonetheless. The influence of Max Weber pervades the text.

Reviewed by Paul Webb, Praxis Care, Belfast on behalf of the SRA.


The Impact of Research in Education: An International Perspective
The Impact of Research in Education: An International Perspective
by Ben Levin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £70.00

3.0 out of 5 stars The Impact of Research in Education: An International Perspective, 17 Dec. 2015
This work is a comprehensive appraisal of the state of education research in an international context. Education practitioners and researchers alike will find a wide array of information and data on the knowledge mobilisation practices of their field. The occasional lack of clarity is more than compensated for with an excellent conclusion that makes a bold case for relevant, rigorous educational research.

Reviewed by Angus Smith, MSc candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science on behalf of the SRA


Participatory Research: Working with Vulnerable Groups in Research and Practice
Participatory Research: Working with Vulnerable Groups in Research and Practice
by Jo Aldridge
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £63.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you question the extent to which research is truly participatory, 17 Dec. 2015
Title: Makes you question the extent to which research is truly participatory

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Through examples of Aldridge’s own participatory projects, this book lends itself to be a valuable tool for researchers at whatever stage in their career. It highlights the importance of including vulnerable and socially-excluded groups in research, encourages those who are “doing” the research to question the extent to which any study is truly participatory and offers innovative methods to inspire researchers to adapt their methods to meaningfully include these groups.

Reviewed by Amy Edwards, National Children's Bureau on behalf of the SRA


Doing Visual Ethnography
Doing Visual Ethnography
by Sarah Pink
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Visual research and routes to knowing our everyday worlds, 5 Oct. 2015
Doing Visual Ethnography explores the use and potential of photography, video and hypermedia in ethnographic and social research. It offers a reflexive approach to theoretical, methodological, practical and ethical issues of using these media. Sarah Pink has provided a range of examples and analysis of visual projects, both from her own academic research and other scholars across different disciplines – art therapy, film, geography, anthropology, sociology and more. This book will be essential reading for academics and students interested in undertaking ethnographic research across a variety of settings, for example, planning and design settings or in healthcare settings, working independently and/or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Equally this book is helpful to anyone interested in using multi-sensory/visual media in policy and government settings, landscape and heritage, multimedia art, and other fields of practice (EU funded projects e.g. transnational partners and collaborators).

Reviewed by Dr Marian Hawkesworth, Independent Researcher in the Social Sciences on behalf of the SRA


Constructing Grounded Theory (Introducing Qualitative Methods series)
Constructing Grounded Theory (Introducing Qualitative Methods series)
by Kathy Charmaz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, passionate and profound, 5 Oct. 2015
“Constructing Grounded Theory” is a methods textbook, a history of the theory's genesis and an opportunity for the author to show how her approach to grounded theory differs from other practitioners. The book is easy to read, brimful of examples from research and passionate in its defence of grounded theory which will encourage researchers to consider the ontological and epistemological assumptions which underpin their work.

Reviewed by Paul Webb, research manager, Praxis Care, Belfast on behalf of the SRA


Participatory Research with Children and Young People
Participatory Research with Children and Young People
by Susan Groundwater-Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Participating Research with Children & Young People, 5 Oct. 2015
This concise and very engaging book combines an exploration of the complex issues and theory around doing participatory research with children and young people with practical examples and case studies. It would be of interest to researchers who are doing, or planning to do research with children, young people and families and/or have an interest in participatory and inclusive research, education and community development.

Reviewed by Louca-Mai Brady on behalf of the SRA


[Consultancy in Public Services: Empowerment and Transformation] [by: Robert Adams]
[Consultancy in Public Services: Empowerment and Transformation] [by: Robert Adams]
by Robert Adams
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars the book’s greatest appeal is its stories from the front line, 16 Jun. 2015
For most readers, the book’s greatest appeal is its stories from the front line, in an area (public services) which isn’t well represented in the consulting literature. Could seek to establish its boundary more clearly (defining ‘consultancy’) and could establish stronger connections with well recognised consulting theories and concepts.

Simon Haslam, FMR Research on behalf of the SRA


Youth and Community Empowerment in Europe: International Perspectives
Youth and Community Empowerment in Europe: International Perspectives
by Peter Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 16 Jun. 2015
Youth and community empowerment in Europe is a must read for those studying or implementing policies related to youth and community empowerment. The book provides details of the Youth Empowerment Partnership Program and accounts for the first ten years of innovation in community based policy implementation in the European context.

Paula Fiorini - NatCen on behalf of the SRA


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