Guided by the precept that to understand any phenomenon well, it is necessary to start by looking at it in broad, nonspecialized terms, Robert A Stebbins takes the reader through the process of exploratory research in an easy-to-read style providing the student or researcher with a complete reference for carrying out this type of research.

Writing Up Exploratory Research

Many social scientists, it appears, view with disdain the requirement that they write up the results of their research as a scholarly book, chapter, or journal article. This attitude toward one of the key norms of science—that research results be communicated—stems in part, I suspect, from the fact that writing ...

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