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See below for a selection of the latest books from Social research & statistics category. Presented with a red border are the Social research & statistics books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Social research & statistics books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Bit by Bit Social Research in the Digital Age

Bit by Bit Social Research in the Digital Age

Author: Matthew J. Salganik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2019

An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age The rapid spread of social media, smartphones, and other digital wonders enables us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable, offering entirely new approaches to core questions about social behavior. Bit by Bit is the key to unlocking these powerful methods. In this authoritative and accessible book, Matthew Salganik explains how the digital revolution is transforming the way social scientists observe behavior, ask questions, run experiments, and engage in mass collaborations. Featuring a wealth of real-world examples and invaluable advice on how to tackle the thorniest ethical challenges, Bit by Bit is the essential guide to doing social research in this fast-evolving digital age.

Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology with Excel

Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology with Excel

Author: J.P. Verma Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2019

This book, specifically developed for students of psychology, covers a wide range of topics in statistics and research designs taught in psychology, in particular, and other disciplines like management, sociology, education, home science, and nutrition, in general, in most universities. It explains how to use Excel to analyze research data by elaborating statistical concepts. Each chapter contains sections like Check you Computing skill and Check your Statistical Concepts to enable students to assess their knowledge in a graded manner. The book addresses one of the major challenges in psychology research, viz., how to measure subjective phenomenon like attitude, desire, and preferences of an individual. Separate emphasis has been given to the measurement techniques which are essential tools to assess these subjective parameters in numerical form, required for statistical analysis to draw meaningful conclusions. The book is equally helpful to students of humanities, life sciences and other applied areas. Consisting of 14 chapters, the book covers all relevant topics of statistics and research designs which are important for students to plan and complete their research work.

Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research How to Do Open Science

Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research How to Do Open Science

Author: Garret Christensen, Jeremy Freese, Edward Miguel Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Recently, social science has had numerous episodes of influential research that was found invalid when placed under rigorous scrutiny. The growing sense that many published results are potentially erroneous has made those conducting social science research more determined to ensure the underlying research is sound. Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research is the first book to summarize and synthesize new approaches to combat false positives and non-reproducible findings in social science research, document the underlying problems in research practices, and teach a new generation of students and scholars how to overcome them. Understanding that social science research has real consequences for individuals when used by professionals in public policy, health, law enforcement, and other fields, the book crystallizes new insights, practices, and methods that help ensure greater research transparency, openness, and reproducibility. Readers are guided through well-known problems and are encouraged to work through new solutions and practices to improve the openness of their research. Created with both experienced and novice researchers in mind, Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research serves as an indispensable resource for the production of high quality social science research.

Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research How to Do Open Science

Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research How to Do Open Science

Author: Garret Christensen, Jeremy Freese, Edward Miguel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Recently, social science has had numerous episodes of influential research that was found invalid when placed under rigorous scrutiny. The growing sense that many published results are potentially erroneous has made those conducting social science research more determined to ensure the underlying research is sound. Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research is the first book to summarize and synthesize new approaches to combat false positives and non-reproducible findings in social science research, document the underlying problems in research practices, and teach a new generation of students and scholars how to overcome them. Understanding that social science research has real consequences for individuals when used by professionals in public policy, health, law enforcement, and other fields, the book crystallizes new insights, practices, and methods that help ensure greater research transparency, openness, and reproducibility. Readers are guided through well-known problems and are encouraged to work through new solutions and practices to improve the openness of their research. Created with both experienced and novice researchers in mind, Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research serves as an indispensable resource for the production of high quality social science research.

Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence Fieldwork Interrupted

Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence Fieldwork Interrupted

Author: Althea-Maria Rivas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

This collection explores the roles of emotion, violence, uncertainty, identity and positionality within the process of doing research in and on conflict zones, as well as the complexity of methodological choices. It highlights the researchers' own subjectivity and presents a nuanced view of conflict research that goes beyond the messiness inherent in the process of research in and on violence and the potential for violence of research itself. It addresses the uncomfortable spaces of conflict research and the need for reflection on these issues.

Data in Society Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation

Data in Society Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation

Author: Jeff Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

This book analyses the explosion of data sources, global trends and the changing role of the state, the economy, and healthcare provision. It addresses controversies in data construction, analysis, dissemination, and access / ownership. The authors examine the power of data to shape everyday socio-political discourse, its use by private and governmental organisations, the media and politicians, and the important role of statistics in exposing injustices and shaping social progress.

Vulnerable Witness The Politics of Grief in the Field

Vulnerable Witness The Politics of Grief in the Field

Author: Kathryn Gillespie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Scholars and practitioners who witness violence and loss in human, animal, and ecological contexts are expected to have no emotional connection to the subjects they study. Yet is this possible? Following feminist traditions, Vulnerable Witness centers the researcher and challenges readers to reflect on how grieving is part of the research process and, by extension, is a political act. Through thirteen reflective essays the book theorizes the role of grief in the doing of research--from methodological choices, fieldwork and analysis, engagement with individuals, and places of study to the manner in which scholars write and talk about their subjects. Combining personal stories from early career scholars, advocates, and senior faculty, the book shares a breadth of emotional engagement at various career stages and explores the transformative possibilities that emerge from being enmeshed with one's own research.

Vulnerable Witness The Politics of Grief in the Field

Vulnerable Witness The Politics of Grief in the Field

Author: Kathryn Gillespie Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Scholars and practitioners who witness violence and loss in human, animal, and ecological contexts are expected to have no emotional connection to the subjects they study. Yet is this possible? Following feminist traditions, Vulnerable Witness centers the researcher and challenges readers to reflect on how grieving is part of the research process and, by extension, is a political act. Through thirteen reflective essays the book theorizes the role of grief in the doing of research--from methodological choices, fieldwork and analysis, engagement with individuals, and places of study to the manner in which scholars write and talk about their subjects. Combining personal stories from early career scholars, advocates, and senior faculty, the book shares a breadth of emotional engagement at various career stages and explores the transformative possibilities that emerge from being enmeshed with one's own research.

Walking Methods Research on the Move

Walking Methods Research on the Move

This book introduces and critically explores walking as an innovative method for doing social research, showing how its sensate and kinaesthetic attributes facilitate connections with lived experiences, journeys and memories, communities and identities. The book situates walking methods historically, sociologically and in relation to biographical and arts-based research, as well as new work on mobilities, the digital, spatial and the sensory. The book is organised into three sections: theorising; experiencing; and imagining walking as a new method for doing biographical research. There is a key focus upon the walking interview as biographical method (WIBM) on the move to usefully explore migration, memory, urban landscapes, as part of participatory, visual and ethnographic research with marginalised communities, artists and as re-formative and transgressive. The book concludes with autobiographical walks taken by the authors and a discussion about the future of the walking interview as biographical method. Walking Methods combines theory with a series of original ethnographic and participatory research examples. Practical exercises and a guide to using walking as a method help to make this a rich resource for social science researchers, students, walking artists and biographical researchers.

Walking Methods Research on the Move

Walking Methods Research on the Move

Author: Maggie (University of Durham, UK) O'Neill, Brian (Independent Academic, UK) Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2019

This book introduces and critically explores walking as an innovative method for doing social research, showing how its sensate and kinaesthetic attributes facilitate connections with lived experiences, journeys and memories, communities and identities. The book situates walking methods historically, sociologically and in relation to biographical and arts-based research, as well as new work on mobilities, the digital, spatial and the sensory. The book is organised into three sections: theorising; experiencing; and imagining walking as a new method for doing biographical research. There is a key focus upon the walking interview as biographical method (WIBM) on the move to usefully explore migration, memory, urban landscapes, as part of participatory, visual and ethnographic research with marginalised communities, artists and as re-formative and transgressive. The book concludes with autobiographical walks taken by the authors and a discussion about the future of the walking interview as biographical method. Walking Methods combines theory with a series of original ethnographic and participatory research examples. Practical exercises and a guide to using walking as a method help to make this a rich resource for social science researchers, students, walking artists and biographical researchers.

Empirical Investigations of Social Space

Empirical Investigations of Social Space

Author: Joerg Blasius Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2019

This book provides an in-depth view on Bourdieu's empirical work, thereby specially focusing on the construction of the social space and including the concept of the habitus. Themes described in the book include amongst others: * the theory and methodology for the construction of social spaces , * the relation between various fields and the field of power , * formal construction and empirical observation of habitus, * the formation, accumulation, differentiation of and conversion between different forms of capital, * relations in geometric data analysis. The book also includes contributions regarding particular applications of Bourdieu's methodology to traditional and new areas of research, such as the analysis of institutional, international and transnational fields. It further provides a systematic introduction into the empirical construction of the social space.

Social Science Research Ethics in Africa

Social Science Research Ethics in Africa

Author: Nico Nortje Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2019

This book gives a voice to debates surrounding social science research ethics in Africa and brings them together in a coherent form to assist readers in being at the forefront of the discussions. The book gives an overview of the importance of research ethics in social sciences, as well as articulating the African influence on the subject matter. Subsequently it looks into specific frameworks and tools that researchers can apply in the process of doing research. Last but not least it also takes an in-depth look at traditional ethical issues pertaining to research in social sciences, through the lens of the African continent. This is the first book on social science research ethics in an African context and an indispensable resource for researchers, students, policy makers and research institutions in or interested in African research ethics.