Using Social Theory In Educational Research

Author: Mark Dressman
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135265879
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Using Social Theory in Educational Research is organised to help practising educators and novice researchers who have little familiarity with social theory to: be introduced to major schools of social theory, their basic concepts, and their general applicability to educational issues develop an understanding of and appreciation for its potential to improve their own practice gain practical insight into how theory can function as a warrant, or support, for data interpretation through the use of multiple practical examples, learn how to integrate theory into their own work more effectively Selected Contents: 1. Getting Theoretical 2. An Illustrated Tour of How Theory Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Educational Research 3. Framing Research Theoretically, Part One: Planning and Data Collection 4. Framing Research Theoretically 5.When Research Meets Research

Using Social Theory

Author: Michael Pryke
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 1847876684
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`If there is a single question that presses upon the intellect of the current generation of social scientists, it is surely: "what do the great insights of social theory imply for the way we conduct research and write about the social world?". Until now there has been no single text to turn to that explores the epistemological complexities of field work, the problems of writing and language, and of the logics of inquiry that link theory, method and evidence. Using Social Theory is a magisterial effort to open up the black-box of research methods, and to provide students, in a way that no other comparable text has done, with a road map for the practice of the contemporary human sciences' - Michael Watts, Chancellor's Professor of Geography and Director Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley `From "theory talk to making it walk", Using Social Theory is one of the most useful and interesting books on the market. The authors demonstrate how to use philosophy and social theory as an indispensable toolkit for passionate and rigorous research. Essential reading for students and teachers in the social sciences and humanities' - Professor Elspeth Probyn, Department of Gender Studies, University of Sydney Have you ever stopped to wonder about the influences that underpin research? If you are thinking about doing a piece of research, what difference might it make to the question you ask, to your approach to empirical work, analysis and writing of research, if you are influenced by one theoretical approach rather than another? The chapters in this innovative guide share a common belief that thinking alongside ideas, philosophical persuasions, is an integral part of the research process; it is not an optional extra. It sets out ways to encourage the researcher to think through three key moments of the research process: the production of a research question; fieldwork; and analysis and writing. As the authors demonstrate, research is not simply `done': it has to be thought about and thought through. The book's accessible style makes it suitable for anyone wishing to engage ideas in research in the social sciences and humanities.

Explaining Social Life

Author: John Parker
Editor: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137038675
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A distinctive and accessible introduction to social theory that presents this subject as a relevant resource for anyone wanting to explain social phenomenon.

The Media And Social Theory

Author: David Hesmondhalgh
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134061420
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Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from blogging to control of copyright, from social networking sites to indigenous media, in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Among the theoretical approaches and issues addressed are: critical realism post-structuralist approaches to media and culture Pierre Bourdieu and field theory public sphere theory – including post-Habermasian versions actor network theory Marxist and post-Marxist theories, including contemporary critical theory theories of democracy, antagonism and difference. This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers of cultural studies, media studies and social theory.

The Art Of Social Theory

Author: Richard Swedberg
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 069116813X
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In the social sciences today, students are taught theory by reading and analyzing the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and other foundational figures of the discipline. What they rarely learn, however, is how to actually theorize. The Art of Social Theory is a practical guide to doing just that. In this one-of-a-kind user's manual for social theorists, Richard Swedberg explains how theorizing occurs in what he calls the context of discovery, a process in which the researcher gathers preliminary data and thinks creatively about it using tools such as metaphor, analogy, and typology. He guides readers through each step of the theorist’s art, from observation and naming to concept formation and explanation. To theorize well, you also need a sound knowledge of existing social theory. Swedberg introduces readers to the most important theories and concepts, and discusses how to go about mastering them. If you can think, you can also learn to theorize. This book shows you how. Concise and accessible, The Art of Social Theory features helpful examples throughout, and also provides practical exercises that enable readers to learn through doing.

Images Of Postmodern Society

Author: Norman K K Denzin
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446230046
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By using a series of studies of contemporary mainstream Hollywood movies - "Blue Velvet, Wall Street, Crimes and Misdemeanors, When Harry Met Sally, Sex Lies and Videotape, Do the Right Thing "- Norman Denzin explores the tension between ideas of the postmodern, and traditional ways of analyzing society. The discussion moves between two forms of text: social theory and cinematic representations of contemporary life. Denzin analyzes the ideas of society embedded in poststructuralism, postmodernism, feminism, cultural studies and Marxism through the ideas of key theorists like Baudrillard, Barthes, Habermas, Jameson, Bourdieu and Derrida. He relates these to the problematic of the postmodern self as exposed in cinema centering on the decisive performance of race, gender and class.

Sociological Theory In Use Rle Social Theory

Author: Kenneth Menzies
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317657195
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Central to most sociologists’ self-image is the claim that their theories are based on research. However, using a random sample of 680 articles appearing in major American, British and Canadian journals, Dr Menzies shows that in some areas of sociology the wide gap between theory and research means that much of sociological theory is virtually untested. He explains how theory is embodied in eight particular types of research, critically examines these research theories, and contrasts them with the positions of modern theorists. The sample of journal articles also permits a comparison of British, American and Canadian sociology. By contrasting on how researchers us theories, Dr Menzies is able to reassess several theories. For instance, symbolic interactionist research uses embedded causal claims and stands in a dialectical relationship to other sociological research, while the research version of conflict theory depends on external causes to explain social change. The implications of using statistical techniques like factor analysis and regression are also considered in relation to the form of explanation.

Social Theory Development Administration And Development Ethics

Author: Mohit Bhattacharya
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ISBN: 9788173610424
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With reference to developing countries.

Realistic Socio Legal Theory

Author: Brian Tamanaha
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198265603
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Drawing upon philosophical pragmatism, Tamanaha constructs the foundations for a realistic approach to the social scientific study of law. He analyses the major schools of socio-legal theory, and articulates a `social theory of law' which is illustrated using concrete examples from judicial decision making. In a clear and concise fashion he combines a grounding in social science with legal theory and an exploration of the actual practice of law.

Sport Exercise And Social Theory

Author: Gyozo Molnar
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136476407
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Why are sport and exercise important? What can the study of sport and exercise tell us about wider society? Who holds the power in creating contemporary sport and exercise discourses? It is impossible to properly understand the role that sport and exercise play in contemporary society without knowing a little social theory. It is social theory that provides the vocabulary for our study of society, that helps us ask the right critical questions and that encourages us to look for the (real) story behind sport and exercise. Sport, Exercise and Social Theory is a concise and engaging introduction to the key theories that underpin the study of sport, exercise and society, including feminism, post-modernism, (Neo-)Marxism and the sociological imagination. Using vivid examples and descriptions of sport-related events and exercise practices, the book explains why social theories are important as well as how to use them, giving students the tools to navigate with confidence through any course in the sociology of sport and exercise. This book shows how theory can be used to debunk many of our traditional assumptions about sport and exercise and how they can be a useful window through which to observe wider society. Designed to be used by students who have never studied sociology before, and including a whole chapter on the practical application of social theory to their own study, it provides training in critical thinking and helps students to develop intellectual skills which will serve them throughout their professional and personal lives.

Classical And Contemporary Social Theory

Author: Tim Delaney
Editor: Pearson College Division
ISBN: 9780205254163
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Explores the gamut of social theory Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: Investigation and Application, 1/e, is the most comprehensive, informative social theory book on the market. The title covers multiple schools of thought and applies their ideas to society today. Readers will learn the origins of social theory and understand the role of myriad social revolutions that shaped the course of societies around the world. MySearchLab is a part of the Delaney program. Research and writing tools, including access to academic journals, help students explore social theory in even greater depth. To provide students with flexibility, students can download the eText to a tablet using the free Pearson eText app. This title is available in a variety of formats - digital and print. Pearson offers its titles on the devices students love through Pearson's MyLab products, CourseSmart, Amazon, and more.

Social Theory And Applied Health Research

Author: Dyson, Simon
Editor: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335210341
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"This is a small book which covers a great deal of ground clearly,concisely, and with a fluidity which makes it an enjoyable read." Journal of Advanced Nursing “This book points clearly to the fact that applied research always rests on theoretical assumptions and argues persuasively that good research demands explicit consideration of those assumptions. By setting out the main theoretical paradigms clearly and fairly, it provides a very useful guide for researchers wishing to ensure that their work is properly grounded and appropriately focused, and to students requiring the tools to look under the surface of research claims.†Sam Porter, Research Professor of Nursing, Queen's University, Belfast What is the relationship between social theory and applied research? How can theory help us to become better researchers? The book provides a resource for students and professionals, particularly in health and social care, who wish to undertake social research. It bridges the divide between assumptions of traditional research on the one hand and the inaccessibility of complex philosophies of research on the other. Social Theory and Applied Health Researchprovides an accessible assessment of dilemmas facing social researchers in trying to make sense of the world of health care. It links theory and method by presenting an account of how reflection can help amend, complement and strengthen a practical research strategy. Using clear diagrams, tables and examples of recent research, the book illustrates principles from social theory from a range of applied research studies. This is essential reading for sociologists and psychologists conducting applied research, as well as the health and social welfare professions, including nurses, therapists, doctors, social workers, youth and community workers, and teachers.

Dynamic Embodiment For Social Theory

Author: Brenda Farnell
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 113664525X
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This book presents a series of ontological investigations into an adequate theory of embodiment for the social sciences. Informed by a new realist philosophy of causal powers, it seeks to articulate a concept of dynamic embodiment, one that positions human body movement, and not just ‘the body’ at the heart of theories of social action. It draws together several lines of thinking in contemporary social science: about the human body and its movements; adequate meta-theoretical explanations of agency and causality in human action; relations between moving and talking; skill and the formation of knowledge; metaphor, perception and the senses; movement literacy; the constitution of space and place, and narrative performance. This is an ontological inquiry that is richly grounded in, and supported by anthropological ethnographic evidence. Using the work of Rom Harré, Roy Bhaskar, Charles Varela and Drid Williams this book applies causal powers theory to a revised ontology of personhood, and discusses why the adequate location of human agency is crucial for the social sciences. The breakthrough lies in fact that new realism affords us an account of embodied human agency as a generative causal power that is grounded in our corporeal materiality, thereby connecting natural/physical and cultural worlds. Dynamic Embodiment for Social Theory is compelling reading for students and academics of the social sciences, especially anthropologists and sociologists of ‘the body’, and those interested in new developments in critical realism.

Sociology And The New Materialism

Author: Nick J. Fox
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 1473988144
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The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology. Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book: Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues. Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.

Social Theory And Communication Technology

Author: Terje Rasmussen
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138742987
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This title was first published in 2001. An investigation of new forms of interaction and communication. The essays address theoretical contributions and insights which may assist us in the understanding of modern society inhabited by a wide range of new media.In order to answer questions on this subject, the text suggests a "structural hermeneutic" - a view on the public as agents embedded in their lifeworlds (rather than as consumers and receivers), who play a large part in reproducing structural and distanciated processes of meaning. The essays explore the implications of such daily practices as making a telephone call or sending an email, receiving money from a bank machine using a credit card, or retrieving information from a Web site. Each of these practices reproduce patterns of information and communication practices, which reshape communication processes in society. The essays examine the relationship between media change and social change, with particular emphasis on their contribution to social interaction in everyday life and in the reproduction of social systems.

Using Social Theory

Author: Michael Pryke
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761943778
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The chapters in this innovative guide share a common belief that thinking alongside ideas is an integral part of the research process. This book encourages the researcher to think through three key moments of the research process: the production of a research question; fieldwork; and analysis and writing.

Understanding And Using Theory In Social Work

Author: Juliette Oko
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 0857254979
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Written in an accessible style, this title introduces theory as an explanatory framework that is drawn upon by the social worker to inform their decision-making process, by helping to 'make sense' of what is going on.

Sociological Theory In The Digital Age

Author: Gabe Ignatow
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ISBN: 9780367263478
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Focusing on practical or 'usable theory,' it surveys the challenges and opportunities of conducting social science in the information age, as well as the theoretical solutions that sociologists have developed and applied over the last two decades. With specific attention to three theoretical approaches in digital social research - critical theory, forensic theory and Bourdieusian theory - the author provides an overview of the history and main tenets of each, surveys its use in sociological research, and evaluates its successes and limitations. .

Using Social Theory In Educational Research

Author: Mark Dressman
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135265887
File Size: 16,57 MB
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Using Social Theory in Educational Research is organised to help practising educators and novice researchers who have little familiarity with social theory to: be introduced to major schools of social theory, their basic concepts, and their general applicability to educational issues develop an understanding of and appreciation for its potential to improve their own practice gain practical insight into how theory can function as a warrant, or support, for data interpretation through the use of multiple practical examples, learn how to integrate theory into their own work more effectively Selected Contents: 1. Getting Theoretical 2. An Illustrated Tour of How Theory Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Educational Research 3. Framing Research Theoretically, Part One: Planning and Data Collection 4. Framing Research Theoretically 5.When Research Meets Research

Symbols And Social Theory

Author: Hugh Dalziel Duncan
Editor: New York : Oxford University Press
ISBN:
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