Designing Social Research (2nd Edition)

Designing social research

Norman Blaikie

ISBN: 978-0745643380

Norman Blaikie's popular and accessible text on preparing research designs and proposals for students in the social sciences has been fully revised and updated, taking in the burgeoning literature in the field.

The author places particular emphasis on the formulation of research questions and the selection of appropriate research strategies to answer them. He argues that other design decisions, such as the selection of data sources and methods of data collection and analysis, must be made in the light of the particular assumptions associated with each research strategy. Aswell as reviewing these assumptions, the book includes:

  • a new section on the use of mixed methods
  • additional material on the use of case studies
  • an expanded discussion of the relationship between theory andresearch; and
  • annotated suggestions for further reading and detailed point summaries at the end of each chapter.