Written in a clear and authoritative style, this book defines and critically assesses existing approaches to the theory-research relationship. Derek Layder situates his discussion in the context of current social theory and the philosophy of social science. But he is concerned to develop clear and usable strategies to encourage theory development in the practical context of social research. Wide ranging and innovative, the author provides readers with a penetrating analysis of the relationship between theory and research and a set of challenging proposals for better practice in the future.
The Links between Theory and Research
Elements of the Research Process
Analysing Data with Theory in Mind
Social Research and Concept-Indicator Links
From Theory to Data
Towards Adaptive Theory
Some New Rules of Method