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Understanding the Social World Russell K. Schutt

Understanding the Social World By Russell K. Schutt

Understanding the Social World by Russell K. Schutt

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With succinct coverage and using engaging writing, clear descriptions and contemporary examples, this new resource provides students with a guide to the modern landscape of research

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Understanding the Social World: Research Methods for the 21st Century by Russell K. Schutt

Understanding the Social World: Research Methods for the 21st Century is a textbook for the fast-paced, globally interconnected social world of the new century. Bestselling author Russell K. Schutt rises to the research requirements of a social world shaped by big data and social media, Instagram and avatars, blogs, and tweets; and he confronts the research challenges created by cell phones, privacy concerns, linguistic diversity and multicultural neighbourhoods.

Understanding the Social World is visually sleek, taking students across disciplinary and national boundaries and transcending past research debates by emphasizing mixed methods, concern for human subjects, and application of results. Accessible, with timely examples and engaging exercises, this title brings a new and clear understanding to the practice and process of research.

About Russell K. Schutt

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Clinical Research Scientist I at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Lecturer (part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and adaptations of that text-Understanding the Social World: Research Methods for the 21st Century, Making Sense of the Social World (with Dan Chambliss), Research Methods in Psychology (with Paul G. Nestor), The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice (with Ronet Bachman), The Practice of Research in Social Work and Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Ray Engel), and Research Methods in Education (with Joseph Check)-he is the author of Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness and Organization in a Changing Environment, coeditor of Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society and of The Organizational Response to Social Problems, and coauthor of Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice. He has authored and coauthored more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as many book chapters and research reports on homelessness, mental health, service preferences and satisfaction, organizations, and the sociology of law. His current and most recent research includes a $200,000 National Science Foundation-funded study of the social impact of the pandemic in Boston, with collaborators at the Center for Survey Research (UMass Boston) and Northeastern University, a $3.8 million randomized comparative effectiveness trial of two socially-oriented interventions to improve community functioning among persons diagnosed with serious mental illness, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with collaborators at the Harvard Medical School, and a $1 million Veterans Health Administration-funded study of peer support with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the VA. His past research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Health Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Fetzer Institute, and state agencies. Details are available at

Table of Contents

SECTION I. Foundations for Social Research Chapter 1. Science, Society, and Social Research The Value of Social Research Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World Types of Social Research Quantitative and/or Qualitative Methods Conclusions Chapter 2. The Process and Problems of Social Research Social Research Questions Social Research Foundations Social Theories Social Research Strategies Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Designs Social Research Standards Conclusions Chapter 3. Research Ethics Historical Background Ethical Principles The Institutional Review Board Conclusions SECTION II. Fundamentals of Social Research Chapter 4. Conceptualization and Measurement Concepts From Concepts to Indicators From Observations to Concepts Measurement Alternatives Levels of Measurement Units of Analysis Evaluating Measures Conclusions Chapter 5. Sampling and Generalizability Sample Planning Sampling Methods Generalizability in Qualitative Research Conclusions Chapter 6. Causation and Experimental Design Causal Explanations and Experimental Design Quasi-Experimental Designs Validity in Experimental Designs Ethical Issues in Experimental Research Conclusions SECTION III. Basic Social Research Designs Chapter 7. Survey Research Survey Research in the Social Sciences Writing Survey Questions Combining Questions in Indexes Designing Questionnaires Organizing Surveys Ethical Issues in Survey Research Conclusions Chapter 8. Qualitative Methods Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods Primary Qualitative Methods Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research Conclusions Chapter 9. Unobtrusive Methods Unobtrusive Measures Secondary Data Analysis Big Data Historical and Comparative Research Content Analysis Ethical Issues in Unobtrusive Methods Conclusions Chapter 10. Evaluation and Mixed-Methods Research Evaluation Research Basics Questions for Evaluation Research Mixed Methods Ethics in Evaluation Conclusions SECTION IV. Analysis and Reporting of Social Research Chapter 11. Quantitative Data Analysis Introducing Statistics Displaying Univariate Distributions Summarizing Univariate Distributions Crosstabs Regression Analysis Analyzing Data Ethically Conclusions Chapter 12. Qualitative Data Analysis Features of Qualitative Data Analysis Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis Visual Sociology Systematic Observation Participatory Action Research Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Corroboration/Legitimization of Conclusions Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis Conclusions Chapter 13. Summarizing and Reporting Research Writing Research Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports Plagiarism Conclusions Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article

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