Surveying the Social World
Principles and Practice in Survey Research
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Surveying the Social World by Dr. Alan Aldridge
Book Description* What are the strengths and limitations of social surveys? * How can the principles of surveying be put into practice? * How are findings analysed and results presented? The survey has become a widely used technique for gathering information and opinions from individuals, organizations, and other groups. In Surveying the Social World, Aldridge and Levine begin by examining the contemporary state of surveys within society and social science methodology, explaining the potential of the survey method and the ways it can be used effectively when resources are limited. They then take the reader systematically through the process of conducting survey research covering in turn, the role of theory, the planning and design of projects, pilot work, access to informants, ethical issues, sampling methods, the preparation of questionnaires, interviewing, the use of computer packages, processing responses, statistical methods of data analysis, and the presentation of findings. Unlike some rival texts that stress complications and difficulties of conducting social surveys, this book adopts a consciously 'can-do' approach, emphasizing strategies and practical tips. Written in a direct style with a clear structure, each chapter begins with a list of key elements and concludes with summary points, points for reflection and suggestions for further reading. As well as examples of techniques and good practice from a variety of surveys, the authors use their own Travel Survey throughout the book to illustrate the decisions that need to be taken at each stage of the survey process. For the technical topics, there is a glossary containing over 130 technical terms that are highlighted in the text. The result is an essential guide to conducting social surveys for students in the social sciences, and for others who need to carry out a community or organizational survey but who may have no previous training in social research methods or experience of survey work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780335202409
(90mm x 60mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dr. Alan Aldridge
Religion in the Contemporary World, Paperback (January 2013)
In the new edition of this widely praised text, Alan Aldridge examines the complex realities of religious belief, practice and institutions. Religion is a powerful and controversial force in the contemporary world, even in supposedly secular societies.
Essays on Professions, Hardback (January 2008)
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* Concise introduction to the sociology of the market for upper-level undergraduates. * Covers relevant debates on market forms, social theories and critiques of markets, market failure, aspects of market behaviour, market ideologies, and the 'marketisation' of other sectors of social and public life.
Consumption, Paperback (June 2003)» View all books by Dr. Alan Aldridge
This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the concept of consumption and to the wide--ranging debates about the nature and consequences of consumer society. Community and social class appear to be in irreversible decline.
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Author Biography - Dr. Alan Aldridge
Alan Aldridge is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Religion in the Contemporary World (2000) and Consumption (forthcoming). Ken Levine is Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Survey Unit at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of The Social Context of Literacy (1986).
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