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Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Amy Blackstone
February 2019
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Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods introduces students to research design, ethics, and data collection in the social sciences. Balancing attention to qualitative and quantitative methods, Blackstone emphasizes readers’ roles as consumers, citizens, and employees in her descriptions of research methods and their relevance to students’ everyday lives.

New in This Version:
  • Callout boxes throughout the text containing recommended readings for those wishing for more in-depth information.
  • Addition of numerous contemporary and classic examples including discussion of the Stanford Prison Experiment and recent revelations about the study, sociologists’ involvement in contemporary debates over gay marriage, controversies over replication of studies published in Science and Nature, and other updated examples.
  • New discussion of research tools and techniques such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and sampling via social media.
  • Addition of more contemporary images.
  • Updated exercises.
  • Tables summarizing key terms and definitions at the end of every chapter.

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  • Key take-aways and exercises concluding each section.
  • Includes Recommended Readings.
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Amy Blackstone University of Maine - Orono

Amy Blackstone is Professor in Sociology and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine where she directs Maine NEW Leadership, a residential institute for undergraduate students interested in women’s civic and political leadership. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, her research includes studies of workplace harassment, childfree adults, and civic engagement. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and edited volumes including Gender & Society, Law & Society Review, American Sociological Review, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Dr. Blackstone’s research has been featured in media outlets including TIME, CNN, The Katie Show, Elle, BuzzFeed, Bloomberg News, The Atlantic, and other national and international venues. She is author of CHILDFREE BY CHOICE: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence (Dutton, 2019). Blackstone has received the University of Maine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching/Advising. She received her PhD in sociology at the University of Minnesota and her BA in sociology at Luther College.
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