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Sociological Practice

Sociological Practice
Linking Theory and Social Research

October 1998 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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
Starting To Theorize

Towards Adaptive Theory
Some New Rules of Method

Time honoured text that supports the researcher in the recognition of the significance of complexity thinking for the social sciences. Supports understanding and guides social theorists who wish to ground themselves in empirical evidence. Easy to follow links between social theory and social research.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
February 4, 2015

An intelligent and readable book that highlights the role of theory in good research

Ms Jean Hine
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University
October 11, 2012

A justifiable classic, prescient in its recognition of the significance of complexity thinking for the social sciences

Mr Mark Hardy
Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, York University
May 9, 2012

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