The Practice of Social Research

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Social Science - 674 pages
Available for the first time in a South African edition, Earl Babbie's popular "The practice of social research" is the essential source for research theory and methods. - The main methodological approaches used in the social sciences are comprehensively covered - Specific methods and techniques used in such areas as sampling, questionnaire construction and data anlysis are discussed in detail - The informal style, concrete examples and down-to-earth metaphors make abstract theory easily understandable - A balanced coverage of qualitative approaches helps the user employ both techniques in his or her research. This is a vital text for students at a senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels who wish to become proficient researchers.

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User Review  - GalenWiley - LibraryThing

A straightforward, comprehensive, and approachable guide to research as practiced by social scientists, the Thirteenth Edition of Babbie's "gold-standard" text gives you the tools you need to apply ... Read full review

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User Review  - flemmily - LibraryThing

This is one of my favorite textbooks. It's very well organized and explains concepts very well. But the two main reasons why I like it are that it uses very good examples and its funny. Check out the glossary in particular if you want a cheesy giggle. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Earl R. Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, although he chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, growing up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After three years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. He retired from teaching in 2006 and moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, the next year. Although an author of research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many textbooks he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association throughout his career for 25 years and served on the ASA's executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association. He is married to Suzanne Babbie, a joyful partner in all aspects of his life, and he has a son, Aaron, who would make any parent proud. As partial proof, Aaron and his wife, Ara, produced the world's two greatest grandchildren: Evelyn and Henry.

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