Methods, Sex and Madness

Methods Sex and Madness Social research yields knowledge which powerfully affects our daily lives The facts it generates shape not just how we see ourselves and others but also whether or not we see the existing status quo

  • Title: Methods, Sex and Madness
  • Author: Julia O'Connell Davidson Derek Layder
  • ISBN: 9780415097642
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • Social research yields knowledge which powerfully affects our daily lives The facts it generates shape not just how we see ourselves and others, but also whether or not we see the existing status quo as normal, just and legitimate This book examines and questions the methods used by social researchers to produce such knowledge It focuses chiefly on research into humanSocial research yields knowledge which powerfully affects our daily lives The facts it generates shape not just how we see ourselves and others, but also whether or not we see the existing status quo as normal, just and legitimate This book examines and questions the methods used by social researchers to produce such knowledge It focuses chiefly on research into human sexuality and madness It introduces and critically assesses everything from survey methods to participant observation It opens up broader philosophical debates about the nature of knowledge, and highlights issues surrounding the ethics and politics of research The book looks at the research community and the research process in detail before moving on to examine the main techniques used in social research the use of official statistics the survey method interviewing laboratory observation ethnography the use of documentary sources textual analysis.By exploring both technical and conceptual problems in the work of researchers like Freud and Kinsey, and by considering the difficulties faced by researchers concerned with phenomena such as rape, witch hunts and prostitution this book makes methodological issues both interesting and accessible.

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    • BeeQuiet says:

      As someone starting out on an academic career and soon to pursue a PhD involving research on the sex industry, I was delighted to read such a carefully thought through book, covering the major questions any researcher needs to consider. Embarking on research is an intimidating prospect for anyone, let alone someone still wet behind the ears from an undergraduate degree: however having read this book, I now feel a lot more prepared and know I will be using it as a reference point through my proje [...]

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