Approaches to Social Enquiry: Advancing Knowledge

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Since its initial publication, this highly respected book hasprovided students with a much needed critical review of the majorresearch paradigms in the social sciences and the logics orstrategies of enquiry associated with them. Approaches to SocialEnquiry draws together a vast body of literature from thephilosophy of science, the philosophy of social science, socialtheory and research methodology.
It focuses on questions such as: How is new social scientificknowledge produced or existing knowledge further developed? Whatstatus does this knowledge have and how can this be established? Towhat extent can the ways of advancing knowledge in the naturalsciences be used in the social sciences? What major dilemmas dosocial researchers face in the development of new knowledge? Noother text offers such a clear and accessible, but still rigorous,account of these sometimes complex debates.

This second edition has been thoroughly updated to encompass themost contemporary debates about the conduct and underpinnings ofsocial research. More attention is also paid to research practice.In addition, integrated empirical examples have been included toillustrate and extend the philosophical and theoreticaldiscussion.

Approaches to Social Enquiry will be invaluable to advancedundergraduate and graduate students who are planning their ownresearch or studying research methods, and to researchers across awide range of disciplines.

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Norman Blaikie was Formerly Professor of Sociology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Universiti Sains, Malaysia.

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"Literature on the philosophy of social science often seems alooffrom the practical wrangling over theoretical and methodologicalissues directing social research. Books attempting to bridge thisgap are rare, so much credit is due Blaikie for providingone."


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"The repertoire of social research grows wider by the day.Substantive topics multiply, the technical apparatus mushrooms,paradigms proliferate and clash. And the potential for confusion inthe beginner’s mind grows apace. Norman Blaikie’sApproaches to Social Enquiry has always been the mosttrustworthy student guide through the methodological quagmire, andthis new edition confirms his reputation as the supreme explicatorof social inquiry."

Ray Pawson, University of Leeds

"Norman Blaikie's book is an accessible, clear, and reliableintroduction for the social research student to the extraordinarilycomplex set of issues and decisions in which the practicingresearcher necessarily becomes entangled. This is an exceptionalbook, especially for its sympathetic presentation of positions andits wide range."

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