In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.



Conventional wisdom in conducting qualitative research is to keep the approach flexible and open-ended to learn the meanings and views held by participants in a study. Over the years, this mandate has meant that individuals submitting proposals for funding, graduate students negotiating studies with faculty committees, and inquirers submitting articles for publication are often criticized for a lack of systematic procedures that describe their proposal or research study. With the “postmodern” turn in qualitative inquiry (Denzin & Lincoln, 2000)—an approach that emphasizes researcher self-consciousness, minimizes attention to ...

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