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Key Concepts in the Philosophy of Social Research
Author: Malcolm Williams

ISBN: 9780857027429
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 23 September 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 15.1 x 1.3
Description:
Newcomers to social research are often bemused by the plethora of different philosophical principles upon which it is based. Worse still, they are often press-ganged into the belief that they must uphold the 'one true paradigm' and slay all others before they enter the field. What they actually need is a lucid overview, which describes in an even-handed way the many concepts and perspectives on offer. We need researchers who are philosophically informed rather than philosophically obsessed or philosophically oppressed. With this book Malcolm Williams strikes the exact balance. This book is an ideal introduction for any student or social researcher hoping to better understand the philosophical issues that inform social research. Williams is the perfect guide providing short focused introductions to key concepts alongside a persuasive and engaging overview of how we interpret and conduct research. The book covers everything from core research methods, to ethical concerns and an exploration of the metaphysics of social life, with each entry providing: 
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