Research methods

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I begin this chapter with an overview of research methodology as an essential part of investigating and creating knowledge about social problems. I argue that research methods emerge from and support different theoretical traditions in social problems. Quantitative and qualitative methods are then introduced and compared in the context of their shared emphasis on empirical research. I then describe three major data collection methods used in the social sciences: survey interviews, in-depth interviews, and ethnography. Each method is discussed in terms of its conceptual framework and its approach to data collection and analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781108656184
ISBN (Print)9781108426169
StatePublished - Mar 22 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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