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Writing in Sociology

Writing in Sociology

Second Edition

August 2014 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With humor and empathy, Mark Edwards’s handbook provides undergraduate and early-career graduate students guidance in sociological writing of all kinds. Writing in Sociology offers unusual approaches to developing ideas into research questions, utilizing research literature, constructing research papers, and completing different kinds of course writing (including case studies, theory papers, and applied social science projects). New chapters in the Second Edition offer insights into giving and receiving effective peer review and presenting qualitative research results. By focusing on how to think about the goals and strategies implicit in each section of a writing project this book provides accessible advice to novice sociological writers.

Section I: Thinking Broadly About Writing Sociology
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Turning Ideas into Researchable Questions
Chapter 3: Overview of Writing a Research Paper: An Extended Analogy
Chapter 4: Borrowing Well from the Literature
Chapter 5: Citing Sources: Why, When, and How
Section II: Writing Quantitative Papers
Chapter 6: Quantitative Papers: The Introduction
Chapter 7: Quantitative Papers: The Literature Review
Chapter 8: Quantitative Papers: The Data and Methods Section
Chapter 9: Quantitative Papers: Presenting Results
Chapter 10: Quantitative Papers: Discussions and Conclusions
Section III: Writing Qualitative Papers
Chapter 11: Presenting Qualitative Data: A Brief Example
Chapter 12: Ethnographic Interviewing and Storytelling
Chapter 13: Writing a Case Study
Chapter 14: The Internship Journal
Section IV: Other Sociology Writing Tasks
Chapter 15: Revisiting Literature Reviews: Applied Sociology Research Projects
Chapter 16: Peer Review
Chapter 17: Writing a Book Review
Chapter 18: Tips on Writing Theory and Content Papers
Key features


  • A new chapter on giving and receiving peer review helps students to look at writing and research with a critical eye
  • A new chapter on presenting results in a qualitative research paper includes an annotated example of a published article
  • All web links and references from the previous version have been edited and updated to ensure the most current and accurate presentation of materials


  • Presents tools and resources that aid in developing research ideas and incorporating research literature for both qualitative and quantitative papers
  • Offers writing guidance for a range of assignments, including case studies, theory papers, and applied social science projects
  • Provides practical advice on avoiding common undergraduate errors, helping students in their everyday writing
  • Presents the material in a student-friendly tone that is attentive to the emotional and psychological struggles of writing

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