The foundations of social research : meaning and perspective in the research process

Crotty, Michael, author

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  • Creator Michael Crotty
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2003
    • ©1998
  • Physical Details
    • vii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • OCLC ocm69124201


  • "Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today"


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-231) and index.


  • Introduction: the research process -- Positivism: the march of science -- Constructionism: the making of meaning -- Interpretivism: for and against culture -- Interpretivism: the way of hermeneutics -- Critical inquiry: the Marxist heritage -- Critical inquiry: contemporary critics & contemporary critique -- Feminism: re-visioning the man-made world -- Post-modernism: crisis of confidence or moment of truth?
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