Methods of research in the social sciences. Methods best suited to research questions, measure concepts, apply sampling procedures, understand data collection strategies, and analyze data.
An orientation in research and analysis where the aim is to understand the phenomenon under investigation in its totality as unique and apart from its component parts, rather than to seek to fragment it into known or familiar components. The key idea, in essence, is that the whole differs from the sum of the parts not only in quantity but in quality.
The belief that all sociological explanations can be reduced to characteristics of individuals who make up the society. This position is also known as psychologism: explaining social phenomenon in terms of the psychological dispositions of members of society.
This is a rejection of macro-structuralists working in the tradition of Emile Durkheim or Karl Marx who assumed that the characteristics of individuals need not be considered. They argued that social facts (society) had an existence of their own and that it was these which sociologists were interested in.
The study or critique of methods. There are many philosophical issues around the use of a particular method or about positivism or measurement itself.
SAGE Publications/SRM Database of Social Research Methodology - sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=328 - Description: Searches more than 43,000 literature references on research methodology from across the social sciences quickly, easily and comprehensively.
American Statistical Association - amstat.org/
Counterfactual Causal Analysis in Sociology - wjh.harvard.edu/~winship/cfa.html -Website that provides access to articles on causal analysis methods
Discussion Papers in Statistics and Econometrics
International Journal of Social Research Methodology - Editors: Professor Julia Brannen, Thomas Coram - www.tandf.co.uk
Sociological Methodology is an annual volume on methods of research in the social sciences. Sponsored by the American Sociological Association, its mission is to disseminate material that advances empirical research in sociology and related disciplines. Chapters present original methodological contributions. - depts.washington.edu/socmeth2/
The Information Society (TIS) journal, published since 1981, is a key critical forum for leading edge analysis of the impacts, policies, system concepts, and methodologies related to information technologies and changes in society and culture. - slis.indiana.edu/TIS/index.html
Technological Forecasting and Social Change - A major forum for those wishing to deal directly with the methodology and practice of technological forecasting and future studies as planning tools as they interrelate social, environmental and technological factors. elsevier.com/inca/publications/store/5/0/5/7/4/0/
Sociological Methods and Research
Books On Sociological Methodology