`The strength of this book lies in the demystification of of epistemological and ontological issues to a wide audience. Moreover, it is a stylistic breath of fresh air with comments and diagrams in the margins, chapter activities and readings and a general keywords glossary. In conclusion this book contributes in a stimulating way to the large literature on social philosophy and research methodology. It will be a useful guide and decoder, both historically and currently, to a wide social science audience across various learning levels' - BSA Network
Smith succeeds in making accessible what can be difficult and abstract material. The book is richly illustrated with diagrams, key readings, photographs, images and exercises which all enable the reader to stop and engage with the material just presented.