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The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology - An Assessment of Sources and Principles (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology - An Assessment of Sources and Principles (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley
R2,151 R1,938 Discovery Miles 19 380 Save R213 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There have been relatively few well-informed, critical assessments of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. This book examines some of the background to these approaches, notably the influence of Schutz and phenomenology. It also compares Garfinkel's approach with those of Goffman and Simmel, and assesses the influence of Cicourel and conversation analysis on research methodology. The core of the book is an in-depth assessment of the rationale for ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, and of their relationship to mainstream social science. While the importance of the issues that these epistemologically and ontologically radical approaches raise is underlined, a number of fundamental problems are identified with the rationale underpinning them. -- .

Understanding Research with Children and Young People (Paperback, New): Alison Clark, Rosie Flewitt, Martyn Hammersley, Martin... Understanding Research with Children and Young People (Paperback, New)
Alison Clark, Rosie Flewitt, Martyn Hammersley, Martin Robb
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do views about children shape research concerned with their lives? What different forms can research with children take? What ethical issues does it involve? How does it impact on policy and practice, and on the lives of children themselves? This book helps you to understand how research is designed and carried out to explore questions about the lives of children and young people. It tackles the methodological, practical and ethical challenges involved, and features examples of actual research that illustrate: Different strategies for carrying out research Common challenges that arise in the research process Varying modes of engagement that researchers can adopt with participants and audiences; and The impact that research can have on future studies, policy and practice.

Ethnography - Principles in Practice (Paperback, 4th New edition): Martyn Hammersley, Paul Atkinson Ethnography - Principles in Practice (Paperback, 4th New edition)
Martyn Hammersley, Paul Atkinson
R1,084 R955 Discovery Miles 9 550 Save R129 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now in its fourth edition, this leading introduction to ethnography has been thoroughly updated and substantially rewritten. The volume offers a systematic introduction to ethnographic principles and practice, and includes a new chapter on 'Ethnography in the digital world'. The authors argue that ethnography is best understood as a reflexive process. This requires recognition that social research is part of the world that it studies, and demands that researchers reflect on how they shape both data and analysis. Starting in Chapter 1 with an outline of the principle of reflexivity, against the background of competing research philosophies, the authors go on to discuss the main features of ethnographic work, including: the selection and sampling of cases the problem of access field relations and observation interviewing the use of documents recording and organizing data the process of data analysis and writing research reports. There is also consideration of the ethical issues involved in ethnographic research. Throughout, the discussion draws on a wide range of illustrative material from classic and more recent studies, within a global context. The new edition of this popular textbook will be an indispensable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for all researchers using ethnographic methods in the social sciences and the humanities.

The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology - An Assessment of Sources and Principles (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology - An Assessment of Sources and Principles (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley
R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There have been relatively few well-informed, critical assessments of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. This book examines some of the background to these approaches, notably the influence of Schutz and phenomenology. It also compares Garfinkel's approach with those of Goffman and Simmel, and assesses the influence of Cicourel and conversation analysis on research methodology. The core of the book is an in-depth assessment of the rationale for ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, and of their relationship to mainstream social science. While the importance of the issues that these epistemologically and ontologically radical approaches raise is underlined, a number of fundamental problems are identified with the rationale underpinning them. -- .

Life in School - The Sociology of Pupil Culture (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley, Peter Woods Life in School - The Sociology of Pupil Culture (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley, Peter Woods
R2,513 Discovery Miles 25 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There can be little doubt that pupils' own interpretations of what happens in their schools represent a crucial link in the educational chain. We need to understand how pupils respond to different forms of pedagogy and school organization, and why they respond in the ways they do, in order to increase the effectiveness of our schooling. In the ten years prior to first publication ethnographic studies of pupils in schools had increased in number and importance. They had come to represent a leading area of inquiry which is still of relevance to practising and student teachers today. However, this material was not easily accessible, being widely distributed across educational and sociological journals and books. Originally published in 1984, this book collects together significant contributions to the field in a single volume, and will still be of relevance to practising and trainee teachers, and students of sociology and education.

The Concept of Culture - A History and Reappraisal (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Martyn Hammersley The Concept of Culture - A History and Reappraisal (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,468 Discovery Miles 14 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While the term 'culture' has come to be very widely used in both popular and academic discourse, it has a variety of meanings, and the differences among these have not been given sufficient attention. This book explores these meanings, and identifies some of the problems associated with them, as well as examining the role that values should play in cultural analysis. The development of four, very different, conceptions of culture is traced from the nineteenth century onwards: a notion of aesthetic cultivation associated with Matthew Arnold; the evolutionary view of culture characteristic of nineteenth-century anthropology; the idea of diverse cultures characteristic of twentieth and twenty-first century anthropology; and a conception of culture as a process of situated meaning-making - found today across anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. These conceptions of culture are interrogated, and a reformulation of the concept is sketched. This book will be of interest to students and scholars across a variety of fields, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and education.

Troubling Sociological Concepts - An Interrogation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Martyn Hammersley Troubling Sociological Concepts - An Interrogation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Martyn Hammersley
R2,662 Discovery Miles 26 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sociology addresses challenging social issues and seeks new ways to understand them. However, much sociological terminology suffers from multiple, vague, or uncertain meanings. This is true of many of the central terms that sociologists use, such as 'power', 'ideology', 'culture', 'social class', and even 'society'. The result is that the conclusions reached by sociological investigations are frequently subject to discrepant interpretations, and their validity is difficult to assess. The chapters in this book address several of the key terms employed by sociologists, examining the concepts associated with them in depth - from both an historical and an analytical perspective. The aim is not to develop an entirely new framework but rather to document the various meanings associated with these terms, and to suggest ways in which they could be refined or developed for the purposes of sociological analysis. Since the concepts addressed are of wide relevance, Troubling Sociological Concepts will be of interest and use to researchers and students across the social sciences.

What's Wrong With Ethnography? (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley What's Wrong With Ethnography? (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley
R4,272 Discovery Miles 42 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This stimulating and refreshing study, written by one of the leading commentators in the field, provides novel answers to these crucial questions. "What's Wrong With Ethnography provides a fresh look at the rationale for and distinctiveness of ethnographic research in sociology, education and related fields, and succeeds in slaying a number of currently fashionable sacred cows. Relativism, critical theory, the uniqueness of the case study and the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research are all examined and found wanting as a basis for informed ethnography. The policy and political implications of ethnography are a particular focus of attention. The author compels the reader to reexamine some basic methodological assumptions in an exciting way", Martin Bulmer, London School of Economics.

Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley
R3,945 Discovery Miles 39 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Educational research and its relationship with policy making and practice has been a perennial concern. This book deals with some basic and controversial questions about that issue, including:

- Can there be harmony in the relationship between researchers and educational policymakers or practitioners?

- Do increases in knowledge always lead to practical improvement, and never to undesirable consequences?

- Would educational research flourish if it were subjected to more central, and external, control?

- What is the role of research reviews in making the results of research publicly available?

Educational Research maps the demands now being made on educational research against the background complexities of the relationship between research and practice.

This book is for students on methodology courses, taught courses and research degrees in education, social science disciplines, social policy, and health studies, both at masters and doctoral level.


The Politics of Social Research (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley The Politics of Social Research (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley
R4,104 Discovery Miles 41 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Is social research political? Should it be political? What are the implications of the politicization of social research? Recent years have seen a growing range of challenges to the idea that research should be governed by the principle of value neutrality. Critical, feminist, antiracist and postmodernist analyses have argued that social research is intrinsically political. In this stimulating and often controversial book, Martyn Hammersley weighs the arguments offered in support of these positions. He considers the fundamental issues that the debate raises about the nature of social research, its political dimensions and its contemporary relevance. At the same time he provides a robust defence of value neutrality as a constitutive principle of social research, and makes a reassessment of the role of research in modern societies. Praise for The Politics of Social Research `For anyone interested in the nature of social research, who has enough grasp of the issues to access the text, this book is a must' - British Journal of Educational Psychology `All in all Hammersley has produced a text which provides us with much to think about. As I have said, certain chapters will, no doubt, attract considerable debate. Almost all of the chapters could stand alone but the broad political theme used to bring chapters and topics together works well almost always' - Local Government Studies `Not only is Hammersley a leading exponent of sociological research, he is also a key writer and thinker on the problems of undertaking research. This collection, some of which has been published elsewhere and some not, therefore is a welcome addition to the literature on social research... interesting and well-argued' - Disability and Society

What's Wrong With Ethnography? (Paperback, New): Martyn Hammersley What's Wrong With Ethnography? (Paperback, New)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,558 Discovery Miles 15 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days


Contents:
Part One: Ethnography, Theory and Reality 1. What's wrong with ethnography? The myth of theoretical description 2. Some questions about theory in ethnography and history 3. Ethnoraphy and realism 4. By what criteria should ethnographic research be judged? Part Two: Ethnography, Relevance and Practice 5. The relevance of ethnography 6. Critical theory as a model for ethnography 7. Parts that even ethnography cannot reach: Some reflections on the relationship between research and policy 8. On practitioner ethnography Part Three: Qualitative versus Quantitative Method 9. Deconstructing the quantitative-qualitative divide 10. Keeping the converstion open: the relationship between quantitative and qualitative 11. The logic of theory-testing in case study research 12. So, what are case studies?

The Concept of Culture - A History and Reappraisal (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Martyn Hammersley The Concept of Culture - A History and Reappraisal (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,480 Discovery Miles 14 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While the term 'culture' has come to be very widely used in both popular and academic discourse, it has a variety of meanings, and the differences among these have not been given sufficient attention. This book explores these meanings, and identifies some of the problems associated with them, as well as examining the role that values should play in cultural analysis. The development of four, very different, conceptions of culture is traced from the nineteenth century onwards: a notion of aesthetic cultivation associated with Matthew Arnold; the evolutionary view of culture characteristic of nineteenth-century anthropology; the idea of diverse cultures characteristic of twentieth and twenty-first century anthropology; and a conception of culture as a process of situated meaning-making - found today across anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. These conceptions of culture are interrogated, and a reformulation of the concept is sketched. This book will be of interest to students and scholars across a variety of fields, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and education.

Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,243 Discovery Miles 12 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Educational research and its relationship with policy making and practice has been a perennial concern. This book deals with some basic and controversial questions about that issue, including:

- Can there be harmony in the relationship between researchers and educational policymakers or practitioners?

- Do increases in knowledge always lead to practical improvement, and never to undesirable consequences?

- Would educational research flourish if it were subjected to more central, and external, control?

- What is the role of research reviews in making the results of research publicly available?

Educational Research maps the demands now being made on educational research against the background complexities of the relationship between research and practice.

This book is for students on methodology courses, taught courses and research degrees in education, social science disciplines, social policy, and health studies, both at masters and doctoral level.


Questioning Qualitative Inquiry - Critical Essays (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley Questioning Qualitative Inquiry - Critical Essays (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,055 Discovery Miles 10 550 Out of stock

Is qualitative research in crisis? In Questioning Qualitative Inquiry Martyn Hammersley raises fundamental questions about the current state of qualitative social research. He examines some of the changes that have taken place within it over the past fifty years, suggesting that the move away from natural science as a model, and towards an appeal to literature and art, involves rejection of key principles that are essential to research of any kind. Hammersley argues that, in important respects, qualitative inquiry has not lived up to the claims originally made on its behalf, and that more recent developments have worsened the situation. Insufficient attention has been given to the problems surrounding leading ideas like thick description, analytic induction, and constructionism. The argument is pursued through discussion of the work of influential writers - such as Clifford, Geertz, Denzin and Lincoln - and by detailed examination of concrete issues, like the value of interview data, the rationales for discourse and conversation analysis, the role of rhetoric in research reports, and the nature of assessment criteria. At a time when qualitative inquiry is coming under renewed challenge in some quarters, the task of addressing the methodological problems it faces has become urgent. These essays on current developments and debates are essential reading for anyone interested in the future of qualitative research.

Ethnography - Principles in Practice (Hardcover, 4th New edition): Martyn Hammersley, Paul Atkinson Ethnography - Principles in Practice (Hardcover, 4th New edition)
Martyn Hammersley, Paul Atkinson
R3,392 Discovery Miles 33 920 Out of stock

Now in its fourth edition, this leading introduction to ethnography has been thoroughly updated and substantially rewritten. The volume offers a systematic introduction to ethnographic principles and practice, and includes a new chapter on 'Ethnography in the digital world'. The authors argue that ethnography is best understood as a reflexive process. This requires recognition that social research is part of the world that it studies, and demands that researchers reflect on how they shape both data and analysis. Starting in Chapter 1 with an outline of the principle of reflexivity, against the background of competing research philosophies, the authors go on to discuss the main features of ethnographic work, including: the selection and sampling of cases the problem of access field relations and observation interviewing the use of documents recording and organizing data the process of data analysis and writing research reports. There is also consideration of the ethical issues involved in ethnographic research. Throughout, the discussion draws on a wide range of illustrative material from classic and more recent studies, within a global context. The new edition of this popular textbook will be an indispensable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for all researchers using ethnographic methods in the social sciences and the humanities.

Values and Educational Research (Paperback): David Scott Values and Educational Research (Paperback)
David Scott; Contributions by Michael Erben, Martyn Hammersley, Iram Siraj-Blatchford, John Siraj-Blatchford, …
R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Out of stock

Educational research theorists have accepted that different methods are appropriate in different circumstances: that a multi-method approach is therefore the best option. This has given a spurious legitimacy to the idea that members of the education research community share a common purpose, a common way of looking at educational matters and a common epistemology. The contributors to this book demonstrate that this is far from true. They offer six different perspectives on the relationship that is central to the creation of knowledge about educational systems, institutions and actors: between the knower and what they come to know. They argue that this aspect must be examined whether education research is conceptualized as value-free or value-impregnated. The book moves from a defence of the principle of value neutrality, through a position of partial and context-dependant detachment, to a discussion of post-modern perspectives. Further chapters address the practice of educational hermeneutics, reflexivity in educational research and the need for value introspection in methodology.

Gender and Ethnicity in Schools - Ethnographic Accounts (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley, Peter Woods Gender and Ethnicity in Schools - Ethnographic Accounts (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley, Peter Woods
R1,402 Discovery Miles 14 020 Out of stock


A serious but highly accessible look at recent work on the issues of gender and race. Gender and Ethnicity in Schools raises crucial educational and political issues, paying particular attention to the pupils' experience of school.

Educational Research - Volume One: Current Issues (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley Educational Research - Volume One: Current Issues (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,107 Discovery Miles 11 070 Out of stock

The chapters in this book outline the history and scope of educational research. They also discuss many of the major issues at stake in current debates, and exemplify the contrasting perspectives to be found in the literature.

This is the companion volume to Educational Research in Action (edited by Roger Gomm and Peter Woods). It is one of two course readers for The Open University course E824 Educational Research Methods.

Case Study Method (Paperback, Annotated edition): Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster Case Study Method (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster
R877 Discovery Miles 8 770 Out of stock

This is the most comprehensive guide to the current uses and importance of case study methods in social research. The editors bring together key contributions from the field which reflect different interpretations of the purpose and capacity of case study research. The address issues such as: the problem of generalizing from study of a small number of cases; and the role of case study in developing and testing theories. The editors offer in-depth assessments of the main arguments. An annotated bibliography of the literature dealing with case study research makes this an exhaustive and indispensable guide. `This is a worthwhile book which will be useful to readers. It collects together key sources on a topic which is a "hardy perennial", guaranteeing its relevance for academics, researchers, and students on higher level methods programmes. The editorial contributions are by well-known authorities in the field, are carefully-constructed, and take a clear position. I would certainly want this book on my shelf' - Nigel Fielding, University of Surrey

Case Study Method - Key Issues, Key Texts (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster Case Study Method - Key Issues, Key Texts (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster
R3,314 Discovery Miles 33 140 Out of stock

This is the most comprehensive guide to the current uses and importance of case study methods in social research. The editors bring together key contributions from the field which reflect different interpretations of the purpose and capacity of case study research. The address issues such as: the problem of generalizing from study of a small number of cases; and the role of case study in developing and testing theories.

The editors offer in-depth assessments of the main arguments. An annotated bibliography of the literature dealing with case study research makes this an exhaustive and indispensable guide.

This is a worthwhile book which will be useful to readers. It collects

together key sources o

Reading Ethnographic Research (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Martyn Hammersley Reading Ethnographic Research (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Martyn Hammersley
R2,567 Discovery Miles 25 670 Out of stock

Written by one of the leading figures in ethnographic research in the UK, this book addresses the key issues and problems surrounding this research tradition. The continuing interest in such research has meant that much has been written on how to do it but very little on how to read and interpret ethnographic studies

Taking Sides in Social Research - Essays on Partisanship and Bias (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley Taking Sides in Social Research - Essays on Partisanship and Bias (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley
R3,374 Discovery Miles 33 740 Out of stock

In the past it was generally taken for granted that the goal of social research was the production of objective knowledge; and that this required a commitment to value neutrality. In more recent times, however, both these ideals have come to be challenged, and it is often argued that all research is inevitably political in its assumptions and effects.
In this major contribution to the debate, Martyn Hammersley assesses the arguments from the classic and still influential contributions of C. Wright Mills, Howard Becker and Alvin Gouldner to the present day. He concludes that the case for partisanship is not convincing, and that an intelligent and sceptical commitment to the principles of objectivity and value neutrality must remain an essential feature of research.

Social Research - Philosophy, Politics and Practice (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley Social Research - Philosophy, Politics and Practice (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,068 Discovery Miles 10 680 Out of stock

This critical introduction to the principles of social and educational research draws together a key set of readings which offers a comprehensive approach to the wide range of values and practice in social research. Issues explored include: the relationship between quantitative and qualitative methods; positivism and the role of the natural sciences as a model for social research; the purposes of research - knowledge or the transformation of the social world; issues of race, gender and power in social research; the politics and ethics of data collection; and the validity and relevance of social research.

Social Research is a set book for The Open University course DEH313 "Principles of Social and Educational Resear

Taking Sides in Social Research - Essays on Partisanship and Bias (Paperback): Martyn Hammersley Taking Sides in Social Research - Essays on Partisanship and Bias (Paperback)
Martyn Hammersley
R1,251 Discovery Miles 12 510 Out of stock


In the past it was generally taken for granted that the goal of social research was the production of objective knowledge; and that this required a commitment to value neutrality. In more recent times, however, both these ideals have come to be challenged, and it is often argued that all research is inevitably political in its assumptions and effects.
In this major contribution to the debate, Martyn Hammersley assesses the arguments from the classic and still influential contributions of C. Wright Mills, Howard Becker and Alvin Gouldner to the present day. He concludes that the case for partisanship is not convincing, and that an intelligent and sceptical commitment to the principles of objectivity and value neutrality must remain an essential feature of research.

Educational Research and Evidence-based Practice (Hardcover): Martyn Hammersley Educational Research and Evidence-based Practice (Hardcover)
Martyn Hammersley
R2,645 Discovery Miles 26 450 Out of stock

Combining classic articles that have been key markers in recent debates with some new material, this book addresses the problems involved in educational research and the issues surrounding its contribution to policymaking and practice. The authors examine the diverse approaches within qualitative research and address some of the key areas which have attracted criticism. They consider what role research should play and examine the case for randomised controlled trials and for action research. The book is suitable for any undergraduate or postgraduate student concerned with educational research methodology, as well as those focusing on educational policy and practice, and students doing PhDs and EdDs.

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