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Salsa Dancing Into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-Glut

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Salsa Dancing Into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-Glut

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""You might think that dancing doesn't have a lot to do with social research, and doing social research is probably why you picked this book up in the first place. But trust me. Salsa dancing is a practice as well as a metaphor for a kind of research that will make your life easier and better.""

Savvy, witty, and sensible, this unique book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science. In this volume, Kristin Luker guides novice researchers in: knowing the difference between an area of interest and a research topicdefining the relevant parts of a potentially infinite research literaturemastering sampling, operationalization, and generalizationunderstanding which research methods best answer your questionsbeating writer's block

Most important, she shows how friendships, nonacademic interests, and even salsa dancing can make for a better researcher.

""You know about setting the kitchen timer and writing for only an hour, or only 15 minutes if you are feeling particularly anxious. I wrote a fairly large part of this book feeling exactly like that. If I can write an entire book 15 minutes at a time, so can you.""

ISBN: 9780674031579

ISBN-10: 9780674031579

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 10/01/2008 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/01/2008 - 12:00am

Pages: 323

Categories

Methodology

Research