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Reading Social Research
Studies in Inequalities and Deviance

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One of the best ways for students to learn about research methods is to read reports of empirical studies.



September 2012 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Reading Social Research: Studies in Inequalities and Deviance consists of a collection of 20 studies, carefully chosen to represent a broad range of approaches and methods of contemporary social research. Selected journal articles and book excerpts illustrate the relationship between theory and research, the ethical and political dimensions of research, methods of selecting cases and measuring concepts, and various ways of gathering and analyzing data. Organized in 10 units, each unit introduces the methodological topic, provides Web resources related to the topic, presents two reading selections, and then poses questions to assess students' understanding of the researchers' methodology. Focusing on issues of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and crime and deviance, the readings expose students to substantive topics fundamental to, and at the forefront of, the social sciences. In addition, the readings provide examples of both qualitative and quantitative social research; are rigorous applications of methodological concepts; and are abridged carefully to make them accessible to students.

R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
Preface
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
Introduction
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
I. FROM THEORY TO RESEARCH AND BACK
Ronald Inglehart and Wayne E. Baker
a. Modernization, Cultural change, and the persistence of the traditional values.
Alice Goffman
b. On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia Ghetto.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
II. ETHICS (& POLITICS) OF RESEARCH
Stanley Milgram
a. Appendix 1: Problems of Ethics in Research in 'Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View'
Judith Stacey and Timoth Biblarz
b. (How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
III. MEASUREMENT
Wendy R. Roth
a. Racial Mismatch: The Divergence Between Form and Function in Data for Monitoring Racial Discrimination of Hispanics.
Yun-Suk Lee and Linda J. Waite
b. Husbands' and Wives' Time Spent on Housework: A Comparison of Measures.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
IV. SAMPLING
Robert T. Michael, John N. Gagnon, Edwards O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata
a. Sex in America. A Definite Survey.
Kathleen M. Blee
b. Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Klan Hate Movement.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
V. EXPERIMENTS
Jeffrey W. Lucas, Corina Grai,f and Michael J. Lovaglia
a. Misconduct in eh Prosecution of Severe Crimes: Theory and Experimental Test.
Devah Pager
b. The Mark of a Criminal Record.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
VI. SURVEYS
Henry Wechsler, Andrea Davenport, George Dowdall, Barbara Moeykens, and Sonia Castillo
a. Health and behavioral consequences of binge drinking in college: A national survey of students at 140 campuses.
Jeni Loftus
b. America's Liberalization in Attitudes towards Homosexuality: 1973-1998.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
VII. QUALITATIVE FIELD RESEARCH & INTERVIEWS
David A. Snow
a. 'Cooling Out' Men in Singles Bars and Nightclubs: Observations on the Interpersonal Survival Strategies of Women in Public Places.
Katheryn Edin and Laura Lein
b. Work, Welfare and Single Mothers' Economic Survival Strategies.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
VII. CONTENT, HISTORICAL/COMPARATIVE&EXISTING DATA ANALYSIS
Bernice Pescosolido, Elizabeth Grauerholz, and Melissa A. Milkie
a Culture and Conflict: The Portrayal of Blacks in U.S. Children Picture Books Through the Mid- and late- Twentieth Century..
John R. Sutton
b. Imprisonment and Social Classification in Five Common-Law Democracies, 1955-1985.
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
IX. MULTIPLE METHODS
Devah Pager and Lincoln Quillian
a. Walking the Talk? What Employers Say vs. What They Do.
Andrew J. Cherlin, Linda M. Burton, Tera R. Hurt, and Diane M. Purvin
b. The influence of physical and sexual abuse on marriage and cohabitation
R.A. Singleton and J.C. Dixon
X. DATA ANALYSIS: QUALITATIVE & QUANTITATIVE
Royce A. Singleton, Jr.
a. Collegiate alcohol consumption and academic performance.
David Snow and Leon Anderson
b. Identity Work Among the Homeless: The Verbal Construction and Avowal of Personal Identities.

A very interesting book with strong chapters. However, for our students (teachers SEN), topics that are more related to education would be more informative.

Mrs Jacqueline Swet
Special Education , Fontys University of Applied Sciences
December 31, 2013

I was able to use a couple of the readings but not all of them.. However I was able to use this in another class I teach as well.

Professor Cameo McCarthy
School of Environmental and Public Affairs, University Of Nevada Las Vegas
November 8, 2013

Needed an introductory book specific to social work due to new competency requirements by CSWE.

Dr Michael Vimont
Social Work Dept, Ashland University
October 21, 2013

Review pending

Professor Gary Vause
Biomedical Hlth Info Sci Dept, University of Illinois - Chicago
September 27, 2013

This text will serve as a nice supplement to the methods textbook I currently use.

Ms Ashleigh Kysar-Moon
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Purdue University
April 15, 2013

I needed to broaden their minds

Professor Jan Kallberg
Emergency Mgmt, Arkansas Technology University
March 22, 2013

I will put this book on the list of supplemental reading in my lecture course Introduction to Sociology

Professor Christian Fleck
Dep of Sociology, University of Graz
December 17, 2012

Great examples of doing research that will compliment lecture and other course materials

Dr Suzie Macaluso
Sociology Social Work Dept, Abilene Christian University
October 23, 2012
Key features
FEATURES & BENEFITS:
  • Reading selections are methodological exemplars that represent some of the latest and best work in sociology and related disciplines, exposing students to the sound application of methodological concepts and approaches
  • Reading selections are highly abridged to eliminate unnecessary elaborations and technical information beyond the comprehension of undergraduates
  • Readings focus on the key sociological dimensions of race/ethnicity, gender, class, crime and deviance, areas of keen interest to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Introductions to each unit help further student understanding by presenting key methodological concepts and one or more examples/illustrations as well as noting how the unit readings are related to the topic and one another
  • Questions following each reading check students' understanding of the methodology
  • A list of annotated Internet resources follows each unit introduction to encourage further learning
  • A glossary of key terms provides an additional aid to understanding methodological concepts

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Preface & Intro

Unit 4

Unit 9

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