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The Foundations of Social Research: Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process

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Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published August 26th 1998)
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Oct 30, 2009 Dedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very useful book for researchers. It provides strong philosophical background in doing both quantitative and qualitative research and shows the way you will step easily and beautifully while studying something.
Dec 30, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive (and sometimes dense) articulation of the historical origins and contemporary perspectives of the major paradigms which govern how we discover and understand the world. Crotty's inclusion of the contemporary debates surrounding the paradigmatic assumptions of positivist, post-positivist, constructivist, interpretivist, critical, transformative, feminist, Marxist, modernist, and post-modernist paradigms (among others) effectively situate the underlying philosophies of social researc ...more
Good discussion on the four dominant research paradigms. A good read to understand the type of research that is produced and the researcher's position. I stand in the critical paradigm (if I have to choose one this is it) that seeks to transform the world in communion with others. The reading is helping me to understand the foundation of the other paradigms (positivism/postpositivism, interpretivism, and deconstructionism). Croty's discussion of Marx falls short; he only focuses on economics as ...more
Deepthi Iyer
Apr 15, 2015 Deepthi Iyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started off in qualitative research this was the most simple, useful and easy-to-understand textbook explaining the various paradigms. This is still my first go-to textbook for Qual research.
Jan 29, 2015 Ruchi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I surely recommend it for first year PhD researchers. It is a great book that helps to get a clear idea of the basics of methodology in social research.
Shannon Trefts
Very informative, but also VERY dry.
Biên Trần
Apr 13, 2016 Biên Trần rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice book!
Crotty presents the four research paradigms in an easy-to-read format. He clearly explains ontology, epistemology, positivism/post-positivism, and constructionism. The Critical theory section is a bit weak, especially the feminist chapter because Crotty relies heavily on Tong's work. Getting through the post-modern section is tough, but that is to be said of anything attempting to explain post-modernism and research from that paradigm.
Kimberly Read
Nov 11, 2013 Kimberly Read rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I am not a fan of this book. It contains a great deal of information, but it is hard to access because the author's presentations are disorganized and circuitous. It certainly provided an interesting perspective on various philosophies unpinning research frameworks. However, it is for the initiated and not the novice.
Jun 25, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really solid text that spells out the major qualitative research paradigms. I didn't read the entire thing - or even all the assigned readings - but I'm pleased that I bought this one.
Aug 26, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If only I had been assigned this book as a first semester PhD student...
Jul 24, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good foundational resource for any beginning researcher.
Vincent Darlage
Nice overview of research and their basic paradigms.
Karla Marie
had to read it for school...bleh
Caron St. Onge
So far, a good start...
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