Observing Ourselves: Essays in Social Research, Second Edition

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Is it possible for human beings to study other humans as scientifically as physicists and microbiologists study inorganic matter, cells, and tissue? According to Dr. Babbie, one of the most recognized names in applied sociology, the social scientist must understand more than just the methodology involved in research. Babbie's conviction that the power of social research lies more in the realm of questions than in the realm of answers prompted him to compose fifteen short essays addressing some of the fundamental philosophical and methodological issues involved in the scientific study of human beings.

Among the topics expertly addressed in this compelling collection are:

The impact of concepts and indicators on our perception of reality

The possibility of value-free science

The impact of the tautologies of truth, reality, and existence on objectivity

The effect of changing paradigms

The deterministic paradigm versus the existence of free will

The impact of the observer on the subjects being researched

The power of introspection of observing oneself

Title of related interest also from Waveland Press: Angrosino, How Do They Know That?: The Process of Social Research (ISBN 9781577666714).

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